Love Comes Lately

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Love Comes Lately
Love Comes Lately.jpg
DVD cover
Directed by Jan Schütte
Produced by Alex Gibney
Martin Hagemann
W. Wilder Knight II
Screenplay by Jan Schütte
Based on The Briefcase, Alone and Old Love[1] by
Isaac Bashevis Singer
Starring Otto Tausig
Rhea Perlman
Olivia Thirlby
Tovah Feldshuh
Music by Henning Lohner
Cinematography Edward Kłosiński
Chris Squires
Edited by Katja Dringenberg
Renate Merck
Zero Fiction Film
Distributed by Kino International
Release date
  • September 8, 2007 (2007-09-08) (T.I.F.F.)
Running time
86 minutes
Country Austria
United States
Language English
Box office $77,458[2]

Love Comes Lately is a 2007 film written for the screen and directed by Jan Schütte. The film is based on the short stories of Isaac Bashevis Singer.


Elderly Jewish writer Max Kohn (Otto Tausig) is an Austrian émigré whose mind is constantly working causing a state of perpetual confusion. He's a successful author of short stories who lives in New York City and is so stuck in his old ways that he believes that the only proper way to write is by using a typewriter. Max has several women interested in seducing him, but he spends most of his time with fellow worrier Reisel (Rhea Perlman). During a trip to speak in nearby Hanover Max begins editing his latest story—a wild tale of a Miami retiree who gets himself into various kinds of trouble. It doesn't take Max long to lose himself in his own writings, and pretty soon, he's mixed up in two sexy romances and an unsolved murder.

Upon returning to reality, Max begins to feel as if his own written words have begun to manifest themselves. A meeting with burned out former student Rosalie (Barbara Hershey), with whom he shares a mutual attraction, follows, and later while heading to Springfield for another unwanted speaking engagement Max discovers that he has lost the speech he prepared. After a series of small adventures, Max decides to start writing a new story based on his recent life and featuring a protagonist named Harry—a thinly veiled stand-in for himself.

Principal cast[edit]

Actor Role
Otto Tausig Max Kohn
Rhea Perlman Reisel
John C. Vennema Dr. Grosskopf
Olivia Thirlby Sylvia Brokeles
Tovah Feldshuh Ethel
Bunny Levine M.N.
Brian Doyle-Murray Boss
Elizabeth Peña Esperanza
Barbara Hershey Rosalie
Gurdeep Singh H.P.
Lee Wilkof Professor Meyer


The film received a score of 70% on Rotten Tomatoes, indicating pretty good reviews.

From Nathan Lee at The New York Times:

From Wesley Morris at The Boston Globe:

From Ruthe Stein at San Francisco Chronicle:


  1. ^ a b Lee, Nathan (2008-06-13). "Movie Review - Love Comes Lately - The Mingling of Dreams and Life -". Retrieved 2011-04-12. 
  2. ^ "Love Comes Lately". 13 June 2008 – via IMDb. 
  3. ^ "Love Comes Lately Movie Review – Love Comes Lately Movie Trailer – The Boston Globe". 2008-07-11. Retrieved 2011-04-12. 
  4. ^ "'Love Comes Lately' - SFGate". 2008-08-22. Retrieved 2017-05-22. 

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