Two Lovers

November 19th, 2008


Two Lovers

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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.

Release Year: 2008

Rating: 7.1/10 (15,761 voted)

Critic's Score: 74/100

Director: James Gray

Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Gwyneth Paltrow, Vinessa Shaw

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?

Writers: James Gray, Ric Menello

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

Taglines: Sometimes we leave everything to find ourselves.


Official Website: Official site [uk] | Official site [United States] |

Release Date: 19 November 2008

Filming Locations: Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $117,591 (USA) (15 February 2009) (7 Screens)

Gross: $3,148,482 (USA) (28 June 2009)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

The role of Michelle was written with Gwyneth Paltrow in mind.

Continuity: After Leonard drops his suitcase out the window it isn't there when he goes downstairs to meet up with Michelle.

User Review

The Flight Of Joaquin Phoenix

Rating: 8/10

Perhaps, the most startling aspect of "Two Lovers" is Joaquin Phoenix's performance. Superb. I haven't really liked any of the James Gray's films, until now that is. There is something profoundly moving and profoundly truthful here and I'm sure it has to do with Phoenix's portrayal. Gwynneth Paltrow is wonderful as the girl walking an emotional tightrope. And Vinessa Shaw is a real find. I was also moved by Isabella Rossellini as Joaquin's mother! Beautiful and intense but unlike many of her contemporaries not "cosmetic" A real extraordinary face. In fact she looks more like her mother Ingrid Bergman now than she ever did. So, a smart, romantic "dramedy" with wonderful performances. When was the last time I was able to say that? Go see it and tell me if you think I'm exaggerating at all.


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