Two LoversNovember 19, 2008
A Brooklyn-set romantic drama about a bachelor torn between the family friend his parents wish he would marry and his beautiful but volatile new neighbor.
Release Year: 2008
Rating: 7.1/10 (15,761 voted)
Critic's Score: 74/100
Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Gwyneth Paltrow, Vinessa Shaw
Leonard Kraditor is a burned-out case, living with his immigrant parents after his fiancée left him, helping out at their Brooklyn dry cleaners, taking photographs, at loose ends, suicidal. In quick succession, he meets two women: Sandra, the daughter of his parents' business associates, frank, direct, sensual, Jewish like Leonard; and, his neighbor Michelle, mercurial, rootless, fun, blond, unattainable. Michelle is in love with a married man and cries on Leonard's shoulder; Sandra wants to save him. Is Leonard willing to risk losing Sandra's fidelity for the moments Michelle's moods swing toward him? Can this end well?
Writers: James Gray, Ric Menello
Carmen M. Herlihy
Lady with Baby Carriage
Donald John Hewitt
(as Don Hewitt Jr.)
Iain J. Bopp
Sometimes we leave everything to find ourselves.
Release Date: 19 November 2008
Filming Locations: Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $117,591
(15 February 2009)
(28 June 2009)
Did You Know?
The role of Michelle was written with Gwyneth Paltrow in mind.
After Leonard drops his suitcase out the window it isn't there when he goes downstairs to meet up with Michelle.
The Flight Of Joaquin Phoenix
Perhaps, the most startling aspect of "Two Lovers" is Joaquin Phoenix's
performance. Superb. I haven't really liked any of the James Gray's
films, until now that is. There is something profoundly moving and
profoundly truthful here and I'm sure it has to do with Phoenix's
portrayal. Gwynneth Paltrow is wonderful as the girl walking an
emotional tightrope. And Vinessa Shaw is a real find. I was also moved
by Isabella Rossellini as Joaquin's mother! Beautiful and intense but
unlike many of her contemporaries not "cosmetic" A real extraordinary
face. In fact she looks more like her mother Ingrid Bergman now than
she ever did. So, a smart, romantic "dramedy" with wonderful
performances. When was the last time I was able to say that? Go see it
and tell me if you think I'm exaggerating at all.