Azazel Jacobs’ fifth feature – The Lovers – is a delightful fresh spin on what some may consider a hackneyed theme – marital unfaithfulness. The film debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival in April 2017. It premiered at the BFI London Film Festival in October.
Married couple Mary (Debra Winger) and Michael (Tracy Letts) harbour secrets from each other: long term lovers. As if that isn’t dark enough, the more sinister element is introduced by their ever increasingly needy lovers: Robert (GOT’s Dark Arts Lord, Aidan Gillen) and Lucy (Melora Walters).
On the eve of the their son’s visit with his girlfriend, Mary and Michael unwittingly rekindle their affections for each other. However, their selfish lovers are having none of it – it’s all about them. And things can only lead to tears and heartbreak.
The Lovers is a proper grown-up romantic comedy, albeit with a dark tone. This is not to say younger lovers would not enjoy this amusing film. On the contrary, younger filmgoers may just get an insight into what middle age portends for relationships.