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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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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20 March 2009 (USA)  »

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Amantes  »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$3,148,482 (USA) (26 June 2009)
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The role of Michelle was written with Gwyneth Paltrow in mind. James Gray actually credits Paltrow with inspiring him to write the script, as he met her at a party and she lamented that all his movies were too masculine, so he wrote this to prove her wrong. 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 »

Quotes

Michael Cohen: A kid's got to start thinking about his future sometime.
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References The Benny Hill Show (1969) See more »

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Rockin' in Rhythm
(1931)
Written by Harry Carney, Duke Ellington, and Irving Mills
Performed by Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington Orchestra (as The Duke Ellington Orchestra)
Courtesy of The Verve Music Group
Under License from Universal Music Enterprises
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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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