Love Comes Lately

Director: Jan Schütte
Screenwriters: Jan Schütte

Institute History

  • 2008 Sundance Film Festival


A self-appointed bachelor living in New York City, Max Kohn (Otto Tausig) is an accomplished writer whose waking life regularly commingles with his imaginary one. Max’s longtime girlfriend, Riesle (Rhea Pearlman), is the perfect rock to which Max anchors himself, but she is absolutely certain in her suspicion that Max is cheating on her.

Love Comes Lately is a film about real and imagined longings, the never-ending dream of love, and the power of fiction. On several occasions, we fall down the rabbit hole of Max’s imagination, where he embodies the lives of both a retiree named Simon and a sympathetic gent named Henry. During these sojourns into Max’s head and manuscripts, love and murder are just part of the landscape. Max’s real life takes an interesting turn when he runs into Rosalie (Barbara Hershey), a former student who always had a crush on him.

In Love Comes Lately, director Jan Schütte masterfully evokes many quirky and wonderfully detailed worlds that seamlessly shift between reality and fantasy. Based on a collection of short stories by Nobel Prize–winning author Isaac Bashevis Singer, Love Comes Lately is a reminder to enjoy the present—in all its variations.

— Jennifer Cochis

Screening Details

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