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Rated R · 109 minutes · 2009

Drama, Romance
An homage to midcentury cinema’s love of New York, this standard story gains life from a refreshing jazz soundtrack and a weirdly engaging performance by Joaquin Phoenix. He plays Leonard Kraditor, a manic-depressive, artist-manqué who’s tried suicide unsuccessfully three times. He is asked by his parents to love the lovely Sandra Cohen (Vinessa Shaw) so as to facilitate a merger between two dry-cleaning establishments, but instead finds himself drawn to the shiksa charms of his blonde-ish neighbor, Michelle (Gwyneth Paltrow). Of course, Michelle loves another, and etc. Then, 90 minutes later, you’re all, “Whoa.” Gorgeous cinematography reminiscent of James Wong Howe’s work adds to the charm, but the show mostly belongs to Phoenix and his surreal performance. It’s like watching, well, Joaquin Phoenix, only with a better script.


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Director: James Gray
Producer: Donna Gigliotti, James Gray, Anthony Katagas, Agnes Mentre, Todd Wagner, Mark Cuban and Marc Butan
Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Gwyneth Paltrow, Vinessa Shaw, Isabella Rossellini, Elias Koteas and Moni Monoshov

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Portland Mercury He Raps! Let's hope Joaquin Phoenix's rapping is more entertaining than Two Lovers! by Marjorie Skinner 03/05/2009
The Coast Halifax Director James Gray in real time James Gray’s new romantic drama Two Lovers harkens back to previous generations of emotionally realistic movies. by Hillary Titley 04/30/2009
The Coast Halifax Movie Review: Two Lovers Great script and performances (especially by Gwyneth Paltrow) make Two Lovers the best thing in local cinemas. by Hillary Titley 04/30/2009

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