The Lovers

This film seeks to make one point. Love means always having to say you’re sorry.

The LoversDespite exploring a theme largely ignored on the big screen, how could you possibly like a film where every major character is profoundly unlikeable? Tracy Letts and the legendary Debra Winger play a couple in a marriage that is dying. Neither remains attracted to the other, and you form the same opinion as a member of the audience.

Adding to the marital problems is the fact that both are having active affairs. Unfortunately, while the film, written and directed by Azazel Jacobs, is a scathing indictment of marital infidelity, marriage is presented as little more than a poisonous relationship.

While there is not much to give away even if I was prone to do so, the entire film involves our marital couple sneaking off to be with their lovers. It is almost as if marital vows involve a promise to “love as long as possible, honor if you are left with no choice, disrespect if it can be done with a bit of style and lie and cheat in the glorious pursuit of happiness.”

Though Letts’ and Winger’s characters appear to be dull beyond words, their lovers are no better. Played by Melora Walters and Aiden Gillen, they soon dig a line in the sand where they demand that their secret love child either ends their marriage or they will take a hike.

As you watch this quartet, you see a marriage and an ancillary relationship where both should end. In fact, the film takes the incredible approach that the secret to maintaining a relationship with your spouse is to divorce and then begin an affair with each other.

Despite your feelings concerning the Catholic Church’s ban on marriage for both priests and nuns, Jesus must have anticipated this film when coming up with the idea in the first place.