Most movie romances get it wrong. They either focus on the beginnings, where love is exciting and vibrant, or they put romance into a vacuum. Last year’s The Spectacular Now is terrific, yet it is about characters who lack the maturity to understand their tenuous connection. Michael Haneke’s Amour feels like it’s hermetically-sealed, as if the universe is nothing but an aging married couple. Ira Sachs’ Love is Strange, on the other hand, is a unique love story that also brims with authenticity and a lived-in sense of place. In less than two hours, it presents an emotional verisimilitude that rivals Richard Linklater’s Before trilogy. With a gentle, careful focus on its characters and shrewd direction, Love is Strange somehow feels more true-to-life than most documentaries.