Infidelity is explored in the new film, The Lovers, directed by Azazel Jacobs and starring Debra Winger and Tracy Letts.
Mary (Debra Winger) and Michael (Tracy Letts) are a long married couple who are both involved in serious affairs. Mary and Michael go through the motion of their marriage without any love or passion, making up excuses so they can see their individual lovers. However, an unexpected spark between Mary and Michael ignites their passion within the marriage, leading to an unexpected “affair” of the spouses.
There is no doubt that The Lovers is charming. Both Debra Winger and Tracy Letts bring their best in the film that depends completely on the chemistry between the leads. It was sad to see them sleepwalking through their lives and when they find their way together, the film seemed to take off.
That is why I was not a fan of the end of the film. Without spoiling it, the end of the film seemed to me to take away from the narrative of the film. It made both Mary and Michael into hypocrites and people I did not like.
Neither of the other partners are likeable at all. Lucy (Melora Walters) is downright kooky, whereas Robert (Aidan Gillen) was about as milquetoast as you can get. I didn’t want either of these characters involved int he story at all.
It plays as a condemnation on the state of marriage in today’s world, but I don’t think that is truly the case. I think it is more of a suggestion that neither Michael or Mary are very good people and the film examines what happens when these types of individuals become connected in marriage.
The performances are strong here, but I found the message to be muddled and I am not certain I took what the director wanted me to take from the film. The Lovers was a decent enough watch, but it was not as satisfying as I thought it might have been.