Love Is Thicker Than Water


Young & Independent
Philadelphia Premiere
Sunday, November 19
 Bagels & Sips | 11:00 AM
Film | 12:30 PM
The Gershman Y

Director: Emily Harris and Ate de Jong
Genre: Narrative Feature
Country: UK, Netherlands
Year: 2016
Running Time: 101 min
Language: English

Sponsored by: Debra Felman and David Warshal

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Sharing the quirky undertones of the 2009 hit, (500) Days of Summer, LOVE IS THICKER THAN WATER shines as a Romeo and Juliet story for the modern age with a touch of prickly humor.

When Arthur (Johnny Flynn), a working class wannabe artist, first meets Vida (Lydia Wilson), a wealthy Jewish cellist, sparks fly. As Vida and Arthur’s relationship grows more serious, however, so too do the complications posed by their very different upbringings. Taking the next step in their relationship, the giddy lovers move in together, knowing that their families are not exactly convinced they have made the right choice.

Peppered with quirky animated sequences and an indie soundtrack that hits all the right notes, LOVE IS THICKER THAN WATER does not fall short in realism as it explores the dynamics of this inter-faith couple’s sincere attempts to make it work in contemporary London. Flynn and Wilson deliver terrific performances as the star-crossed lovers, alongside a solid supporting cast that includes Olivier Award-winning actress Juliet Stevenson (Truly, Madly, Deeply) and Ellie Kendrick (Game of Thrones).

Arrive at The Gershman Y at 11 AM for a bagel buffet and libations!

Special Guests: Ate de Jong, co-director of Love Is Thicker Than Water.


For Fans of: (500) Days of Summer, British cinema, Drop Dead Fred, Johnny Flynn, indies, rom-coms

Official Selection: Chicago International Film Festival, San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, Toronto Jewish Film Festival, and Washington Jewish Film Festival

Reviews: “Joyful, funny and utterly compelling.” (Stephen Fry)

Screening with Love Is Thicker Than Water
Directed by Anaëlle Morf | Narrative Short | Switzerland | 2015 | 16 min | French with English subtitles

Philadelphia Premiere
A young woman attends a Jewish dating event dressed in religious garb with the hope of getting married to an Orthodox Jew and discovers that she’s not the only one in disguise.

Official Selection: Boston Jewish Film Festival, Denver Film Festival, Miami Jewish Film Festival, Nashville Jewish Film Festival, Santa Barbara Jewish Film Festival, Vancouver Jewish Film Festival, Washington Jewish Film Festival, and Warsaw Jewish Film Festival

Community Partners:

Arcadia University Media and Communication Department

Arcadia University Modern Languages & Cultures Program


La Salle University Communication Department

Rowan University Department of Philosophy & Religion Studies and the Jewish Studies Program


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