The Lovers

To the extent that a thoughtful drama about marital infidelity can be considered lyrical, writer-director Azazel Jacobs has achieved that. He carefully structures his plot to minimize any gaping holes in logic. But he also downplays the extensive collateral damage adultery inflicts. Lacking a steady moral compass, his characters are buffeted by life's unpredictability. Tracy Letts and Debra Winger play a middle-aged couple for whom the marital spark is gone. But after both take on lovers (Aidan Gillen and Melora Walters), their attraction flames back into life.

Watch out for: An adultery theme, fleeting scenes of marital sexual activity, some of it potentially aberrant, much profane and rough language.

Rated: L, limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling; MPAA: R

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