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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
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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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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Did You Know?


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 »


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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References Rear Window (1954) See more »


Written by Henry Mancini
Performed by Henry Mancini and His Orchestra
Courtesy of The RCA Records Label
By Arrangement with Sony BMG Music Entertainment
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User Reviews

Gray's coming of age - very solid work
16 February 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I liked this fourth film of James Gray very much. It is interesting, nuanced, well photographed and directed. The casting is very fitting: Joaquin Phoenix, Gwyneth Paltrow and Isabella Rossellini require no introduction - every film where they appeared was a kind of success.

I liked the story line precisely for the reasons some of the critics did not - inconclusiveness of the situation. The narrative should not be treated as a moral tale with prescribed behavior and a suggestion to act certain way. For some of us, who lived and experienced, life situations have no clear conclusions, especially in the matter concerning personal relationships. And so we are shown various geometrical configurations of relationships between people: A loves B, B loves C, C loves D; D perhaps does not love anyone; C can not settle for B and returns to D when D calls; B settles for A. Who's right and who's wrong? Luckily this is not all there is about this film. There are interesting shots, exotic locations (Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, NY), very good acting.

Some reviewers complained that the narrative is too predictable - perhaps. I personally would prefer more broader metaphor, perhaps more connection with social dimension, more resonance between personal and social. Oh well, I hope this is coming in the next Gray's films.

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