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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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Anne Joyce ...
Leonard's Ex-Fiancée
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Bystander
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Bystander #2
Carmen M. Herlihy ...
Lady with Baby Carriage
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Another Bystander (as Don Hewitt Jr.)
Christian Albrizo ...
Some Kid
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Julie Budd ...
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Iain J. Bopp ...
David Cohen
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Stephanie
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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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Sometimes we leave everything to find ourselves.

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Drama | Romance

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

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Release Date:

19 November 2008 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Amantes  »

Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£88,060 (UK) (27 March 2009)

Gross:

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

The movie is set around Brighton Beach and features Gwyneth Paltrow whose mother Blythe Danner starred in the movie Brighton Beach Memoirs (1986). See more »

Goofs

After Leonard drops his suitcase out the window it isn't there when he goes downstairs to meet up with Michelle. See more »

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

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Vivo Sonhando
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Written by Antonio Carlos Jobim
Performed by Stan Getz
Courtesy of The Verve Music Group
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The Flight Of Joaquin Phoenix
15 February 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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.


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