Two Lovers (2008)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  20 March 2009 (USA)
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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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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


Michael Cohen: A kid's got to start thinking about his future sometime.
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Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.2 (2010) See more »


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Written by Amália Rodrigues and Alfredo Marceneiro (as Alfredo Duarte {Marceneiro})
Performed by Amália Rodrigues (P), Edições Valentim de Carvalho S.A.
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Not just another romantic movie with Gwyneth Paltrow
10 January 2009 | by (France) – See all my reviews

This was the first time I saw a film from James Gray and it was a great surprise. I don't usually go to the movies because of the critics but the fact that all the critics were great and that both orthodoxes and heterodox had liked got me a little intrigued. I still don't get all the good critics. It's not at all a romantic movie. It's rather a film of someone messed up struggling hard to survive and trying to do it through messed up relationships. It's really well filmed, and both James Gray and Joaquin Phoenix passed a lot of tension. If you want to go to the movies and relax that's really not the indicated piece. This is more for those who are looking for a real human movie with well worked personages.

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