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Two Lovers (2009)

Two Lovers

Overview


Genre

Drama, Romance

Release Date

February 13, 2009 (Limited)

MPAA Rating

R

Duration

110 min.

Production Budget

$12 millions

Studio

Magnolia Pictures

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Go! Watch this movie. You'll regret if not seeing it.    Readers  4 of 5 [Rate It]

Cast and Crew


Director

James Gray

Producer

Donna Gigliotti, Anthony Katagas

Screenwriter

James Gray, Ric Menello

Starring

Story


Set in the insular world of Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, "Two Lovers" is a classic romantic drama, with Joaquin Phoenix giving a raw and vulnerable performance as Leonard, a charismatic but troubled young man who moves back into his childhood home following a recent heartbreak. While recovering under the watchful eye of his parents (Isabella Rossellini and Moni Monoshov), Leonard meets two women in quick succession: Michelle (Gwyneth Paltrow), a mysterious and beautiful neighbor who is exotic and out-of-place in Leonard's staid world, and Sandra (Vinessa Shaw), the lovely and caring daughter of a businessman who is buying out his family's dry-cleaning business.

Leonard becomes deeply infatuated by Michelle, who seems poised to fall for him, but is having a self-destructive affair with a married man. At the same time, mounting pressure from his family pushes him towards committing to Sandra. Leonard is forced to make an impossible decision - between the impetuousness of desire and the comfort of love - or risk falling back into the darkness that nearly killed him.

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Elias Koteas, Gwyneth Paltrow and Joaquin Phoenix in Magnolia Pictures' Two Lovers (2009)
Joaquin Phoenix stars as Leonard Kraditor and Vinessa Shaw stars as Sandra Cohen in Magnolia Pictures' Two Lovers (2009)

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..Touching in its absurdity..”
by J. Hoberman [Village Voice]
“..tender and terrific..”
by Peter Travers [Rolling Stone]
“..involving, ultimately touching..”
by Todd McCarthy [Variety]