Movie Review: Love Comes Lately

Adapted from three short stories by Isaac Bashevis Singer, Love Comes Lately is the darkly whimsical tale of a man who feels more like a teenager than one would expect from his eighty year old self.

Though a well known, published writer, Max Kohn (Otto Tausig) gains a sense of self-worth solely through his romantic encounters with women about half his age.

Even at, or perhaps especially at, the age of eighty, Kohn is having an identity crisis. At the opening of the film, Kohn leaves the doctor’s office with the heartbreaking knowledge that he can’t have sex anymore, which of course makes him think of nothing else.

Furthermore, to his great annoyance, on his lecture tour his name is constantly mispronounced. Yet, Kohn is careless with the people who care about him, especially his girlfriend of twelve years, Reisel (Barbara Hershey), who gives him a beautiful briefcase to carry on his journey.

Kohn promptly looses the briefcase during his first sexual encounter, with a sexy graduate student. The film becomes a road movie, not dissimilar to the world of rock ‘n roll, as Kohn shuffles from gig to gig, with adoring groupies popping up at each venue.

The weakest encounter involves Esperanza (Elizabeth Pena) a mute maid at a cheap Florida hotel who has more than one trick up her sleeve. It is difficult to believe that such a vital woman would throw herself at such a very old man. But the whole point is that the three stories are a mix of fantasy and reality. Therein lies the power of this film.

As a chronicle of the creative process, the film makes clear that the only love Kahn has, other than himself, is his writing and that everything he does serves to feed his fiction.

Release Date: June 13, 2008
Genre: Drama
Rating: PG
Runtime: 86min.
Cast: Barbara Hershey, Otto Tausig
Director: Jan Schutte
3 1/2 stars

Photo: Stock shot from Love Comes Lately

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