2008 | Drama | 110 minutes | English
Leonard Kraditor, probably manic-depressive, comes to live with his parents, Ruth and Reuben, after a failed suicide attempt. Leonard’s father, Reuben, employs Leonard in his dry cleaning business, primarily to do deliveries. Ruth arranges a dinner for Reuben’s potential business partner and family and asks Leonard to attend. What Ruth has in mind is for Leonard to meet Sandra, the guest’s daughter. Surprisingly, Sandra turns out to be pretty, compassionate and loving. They both seem attracted to each other. But in the same building, Leonard becomes smitten with sexy, slim, sophisticated, Michelle. Michelle is a good-time woman who dazzles Leonard. To the chagrin of his parents, Leonard ignores Sandra and pursues Michelle. Leonard’s first suicide attempt was the result of a broken relationship. Can this happen again or will Leonard make the right decision?
Why Stream This Film?
- Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 82%
- Metacritic Score: 74
National Board of Review: Listed, Top 10 Independent Films of the Year
New York Film Critics: Listed, Top 10 Films of the Year
The film was a New York Times Critic’s Pick
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The focus of TWO LOVERS is on character and human emotion. At the same time, the movie shows an American concern for pace and story development. The result is the best of both worlds.
TWO LOVERS is director James Gray’s most intimate and intricate film, a romantic melodrama that also offers Joaquin Phoenix’s most accomplished performance to date.
TWO LOVERS is a film of unusual perception, played at perfect pitch by Phoenix, Shaw, Paltrow, and the other actors. It is calm and mature. It understands these characters. It doesn’t juggle them for melodrama, but looks inside. The whole movie is so well-cast and performed that we watch it unfolding without any particular awareness of acting. Even the ending, which might seem obligatory in a lesser film, is earned and deserved in this one.
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