Three of Hearts

By Vary, Adam B. | The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine), November 8, 2005 | Go to article overview

Three of Hearts


Vary, Adam B., The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)


Two New Yorkers, Sam and Steven, meet in college and fall in love. Together seven years, they invite a woman, Samantha, into their lives and embark on a 13-year relationship as a trio. It's all captured in Susan Kaplan's documentary Three of Hearts, which ThinkFilm released October 19 in New York and will soon unveil for Los Angeles and San Francisco audiences. Kaplan, 42, shot the film over eight years of birthdays, births, therapy sessions, and the eventual breakup.

How did you get involved filming the trio?

Actually, I knew Sammy in elementary school. Steven I went to high school with [but I hadn't seen either since]. I met this diversity trainer [who] told me about their relationship [with Samantha]. They'd been together nine years at that point, and a lot of people had wanted to do stories about them. [They declined.] But we became friends, and I am very persistent. [Laughs]

Were you surprised by how well the three of them were able to function together?

I can't tell you how often I would spend time at night going, "It can't be! …

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