Flavorwire’s Guide to Indie Movies You Need to See in May

Our reviews of this month's best flicks, including "The Lovers," "Burden," and "Hounds of Love."

Hold on to your butts, gang, summer movie season is here, and hew Jesus is it gonna be a bummer. May alone is like a cornucopia of movies nobody asked for: a new Pirates of the Caribbean movie, a new Diary of a Wimpy Kid, a new take on King Arthur (hope it’s gritty!), and god help us, a Baywatch movie. But never fear – this month’s indie slate is fire, and here a few choice chunks of counter-programming to keep an eye out for.

The Lovers

DIRECTOR: Azazel Jacobs
CAST: Debra Winger, Tracy Letts, Melora Walters, Aiden Gillen

This quietly wrecking comedy/drama from writer/director Azazel Jacobs (Terri) works from a delicious premise: a long-married couple, each conducting an affair and whose relationship has been reduced to merely subtext and silence, find something unexpectedly reawakened between them – and wind up cheating on their lovers with each other. And, suddenly, the lies don’t come so easily. Debra Winger and Tracy Letts are tremendous as the couple – he a spot-on avatar of middle-aged desperation, a gulping accumulation of lies, apologies, and insecurity, she a complex mixture of unapologetic sexuality and faltering uncertainty. Jacobs’s script has the humanity, delicacy, and melancholy of a Carver story; people are just disasters, he knows, and knows how to dramatize that without judgment.