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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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James Gray

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James Gray, Ric Menello (as Richard Menello)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joaquin Phoenix ... Leonard Kraditor
Anne Joyce Anne Joyce ... Leonard's Ex-Fiancée
Elliot Villar ... Bystander
Craig Walker ... Bystander #2
Carmen M. Herlihy Carmen M. Herlihy ... Lady with Baby Carriage
Donald John Hewitt ... Another Bystander (as Don Hewitt Jr.)
Christian Albrizo Christian Albrizo ... Some Kid
Isabella Rossellini ... Ruth Kraditor
Moni Moshonov ... Reuben Kraditor
Julie Budd ... Carol Cohen
Bob Ari ... Michael Cohen
Iain J. Bopp Iain J. Bopp ... David Cohen
Vinessa Shaw ... Sandra Cohen
Gwyneth Paltrow ... Michelle Rausch
Samantha Ivers ... Stephanie
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Storyline

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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 March 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amantes See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$94,986, 15 February 2009

Gross USA:

$3,149,034

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$16,303,643
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2.35 : 1
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Loosely based on Fyodor Dostoevsky's 1848 short story 'White Nights'. See more »

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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 »

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Michael Cohen: A kid's got to start thinking about his future sometime.
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Kush
(1961)
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"Off", but in an intriguing way
7 February 2010 | by zetesSee all my reviews

A simple love story about a 30-something schlub (Joaquin Phoenix) who gets involved with two women. One is a perfectly decent woman with her crap together (Vinessa Shaw). The other (Gwyneth Paltrow), the one he's really hot for, is a screw-up, drug-addled and dating a married man and hoping desperately that he'll divorce his wife and leave his kids for her. Of course, it's not the smartest thing in the world for Phoenix to fall for Paltrow, but, hey, love is pretty unpredictable. She is so much like him, it makes perfect sense. I have a couple of big complaints about this film. First, it all plays out very predictably. Add these three people together and you get the sum long before the end of the film. Secondly, and perhaps what bothered me most, Phoenix and Paltrow seemed too old for these characters. Sure, there are 30-something losers all over the place, but these two seem to me to act like 20-somethings. They're lost in this weird limbo of childishness that seemed wrong for people their age. Even Shaw doesn't quite seem like a real human being. Like Phoenix, she seems dependent on her parents like a college student. People just never seem like real people in this movie. That said, the film does have sort of an "off" tone that is intriguing. It's a very claustrophobic and tragic tale, and it captured me in that way. I didn't love the film, but I definitely found it interesting.


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