The Lovers

Tracy Letts and Debra Winger play a married couple poised to break up in Azazel Jacobs’ crackingly funny and heart-wrenching look at long term love.

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Dir-Scr Azazel Jacobs
Prod Azazel Jacobs, Ben LeClair, Chris Stinson
With Debra Winger, Tracy Letts, Aidan Gillen
UK Distribution Park Circus Limited

Azazel Jacobs muses on long-term love and marriage with this bittersweet, blackly comic drama starring Tracy Letts and Debra Winger, who deliver a pair of knock-out, awards-worthy performances. Michael and Mary have been married for years. Estranged from each other, they are trapped in tedious jobs and find some solace in semi-ridiculous affairs (with Melora Walters and Aidan Gillen, terrific as the irritating but earnest lovers). Unbeknown to each other, Michael and Mary are both poised to walk away from their marriage; all they have to do is get through a weekend visit from their son and his new girlfriend. However, their feelings for each other start to thaw, even stir. Delivering both belly laughs and gut-wrenching pathos (both moods are deliciously present in Mandy Hoffman’s sweeping romantic score), Jacobs’ screenplay is perfectly calibrated, balancing moments of sublime absurdity with devastating, razor-sharp observations on how love can shift and change with time. Nowhere more so than in the final act, as we become more intimate with the details of how Mary and Michael reached such a lamentable impasse and witness the effect their interaction has on their son.

Tricia Tuttle

Festival guests

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  • Azazel Jacobs, Director

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