Two Lovers (2008)

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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.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anne Joyce ...
Leonard's Ex-Fiancée
Bystander #2
Carmen M. Herlihy ...
Lady with Baby Carriage
Another Bystander (as Don Hewitt Jr.)
Christian Albrizo ...
Some Kid
Moni Moshonov ...
Julie Budd ...
Iain J. Bopp ...
David Cohen


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? Written by <>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Sometimes we leave everything to find ourselves.


Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some sexuality and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

20 March 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Amantes  »

Box Office


$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$117,591 (USA) (13 February 2009)


$3,148,482 (USA) (26 June 2009)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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This was to be Joaquin Phoenix's last movie before his retirement from acting, something which was later revealed to be a hoax. See more »


When Michelle is lying in bed with Ronald sitting next to her and asking what happened, she asks him to leave and turns on her right side in a close-up shot. In the next room-wide shot, she has suddenly returned to her back, and after he has left the next close-up shows her on her side again. See more »


References 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) See more »


O Lola ch'ai di latti di cammisa
from the opera Cavalleria Rusticana
Written by Pietro Mascagni
Performed by Ricky Rasura
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Outstanding movie - go see it!
7 March 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is an outstanding movie. I believed in the characters, all of whom were presented sympathetically - unique for a movie like this. The characters are not stereotypes, and behave in ways that while natural are not expected. It is also a very romantic movie. The acting is excellent. In particular Joaquin Phoenix is terrific. He plays what should be an impossible role - instead, he is completely natural and right. The actress who plays the mother is perfect - and the character is also a remarkable one. The movie really stayed with me - in a good way. I thought about it for a long time after it was over. I recommend it very highly.

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