LOVE COMES LATELY Film Review by WORD Entertainment Editor Anakeiry Cruz

Director: Jan Schütte
Writers: Isaac Bashevis Singer (short stories), Jan Schütte
Stars: Otto Tausig, Rhea Perlman, Barbara Hershey

LOVE COMES LATELY takes the audience to a place where love always exists.

Inspired by three short stories written by Nobel laureate Isaac Bashevis Singer – The Briefcase, Alone and Old One –  Max Kohn, the main character, and a riveting writer enthusiast, takes us on an adventure dictated not only by his wildest dreams but also his deepest desires.

By the end, many in the audience may question how something so real as our longings guiding us through everyday life can be classified fiction, though nonetheless, how rare it is that love always comes in the most unexpected ways – even if it means that it only lives within us.

In this passion-filled, rom-com film, we see Max living a life full of riches and love with his supportive, yet, controlling wife, Reisel. Through all of the adoration in his life, Max dreams of more. As he travels to a conference to speak about his latest book, we are taken on the journey revealing his imaginative process. We not only get to know Max – his fear, his hopes and admirations – we also understand the movie. In all his dream scenarios, things always ended with a tragedy but serendipitously with him experiencing love.

The plot drives the story, yet, the cinematography cannot be ignored. It was satisfying to see characters dive into their roles. However, it was even more thrilling to see Max’s imagination presented so seamlessly with the visuals. The story was told through Max’s hopes and dreams – the only thing that was consistent was him, everything else shifted according to his thoughts and the way that was showcased was captivating.

LOVE COMES LATELY will allow audiences to resonate with each character, whether it be Reisel’s over the top love for her partner, Max’s need of wanting more, the idea that aging does not mean one can stop dreaming or that love is always present in our lives.


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