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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.

Director:

James Gray

Writers:

James Gray, Ric Menello (as Richard Menello)
3 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Taglines:

Sometimes we leave everything to find ourselves.

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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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:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$117,591, 15 February 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,148,482, 28 June 2009
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SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Michael Cohen: A kid's got to start thinking about his future sometime.
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Referenced in I'm Still Here (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Lujon
(1959)
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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Unrequited Loves
14 July 2018 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

After attempting to commit suicide jumping in the water, Leonard Kraditor (Joaquin Phoenix) gives up and returns to his parent´s apartment in Brooklyn. Leonard had a great disappointment with his fiancée and after a psychological treatment, he is not stable. During the night, he meets Sandra Cohen (Vinessa Shaw) in a dinner party promoted by his family to the family of Michael Cohen (Bob Ari), who wants a partnership with his father in his dry cleaning business. Later Leonard meets his new neighbor Michelle Rausch (Gwyneth Paltrow) and he immediately feels attracted to her. Leonard and Sandra have a love affair with each other, and Sandra feels in love with him. But Leonard is in love with Michelle that is in love with her married lover Ronald Blatt (Elias Koteas) that does not leave his wife and children to stay with her. How will this quartet of unrequited loves end?

"Two Lovers" is a pleasant romance slightly inspired in the novel "White Night" by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Joaquin Phoenix and Gwyneth Paltrow have great chemistry and magnificent performances and are the reason why "Two Lovers" works so well. The supporting cast with Isabella Rossellini and Vinessa Shaw among others great actors and actresses in another plus in this film. It is impressive how time goes by and now Isabella Rossellini performs the mother of Joaquin Phoenix´s character. The plot does not have any plot point or surprising development and indeed it is quite predictable, but "Two Lovers" is worthwhile watching. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Amantes" ("Lovers")


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