Based on three short stories by Isaac Bashevis Singer, LOVE COMES LATELY braids fiction, fantasy, and autobiography into a bittersweet comedy-drama pitting the self-renewing power of male ego and libido against the inevitable physical decline of age.
Though anchored in a long-time relationship with Reisel, octogenarian author Max Kohn uses his frequent book tours as opportunities to let erotic imagination take flight. There are fantasy flings with a needy widow and a Cuban housekeeper, which then give way to a real-life intimate encounter with a former student. Finally, a fondly recalled but painful interlude with a free spirited woman challenges Max's peace of mind even as it feeds his work
In LOVE COMES LATELY, writer-director Jan Schütte "has gone above and beyond the call of dutiful adaptation" (Andrew Sarris, The New York Observer), using "excellent visual correlatives for the blurring of the line between Max and his writing" (Variety), to create an "atmospheric, exhilaratingly ambitious chamber piece" (Village Voice) and "a sympathetic portrait of late life lust and romance" (Time Out).