Two Lovers

Two Lovers

DVD - 2009
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Set in the insular world of Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, Joaquin Phoenix is Leonard, a charismatic but troubled young man who moves back into his childhood home following a recent heartbreak. Leonard meets two women in quick succession: Michelle, a mysterious and beautiful neighbor who is exotic and out-of-place in Leonard's staid world, and Sandra, the lovely and caring daughter of a businessman who is buying out his family's dry-cleaning business. Leonard becomes deeply infatuated by Michelle. At the same time, mounting pressure from his family pushes him towards committing to Sandra. Leonard is forced to make an impossible decision between the impetuousness of desire and the comfort of love or risk falling back into the darkness that nearly killed him. Rated 14A.
Audience: R (Restricted)
Publisher: [S.l.] : Magnolia Home Entertainment, 2009
Branch Call Number: DVD DRAMA TWO
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (108 min.) : sd., col ; 4 3/4 in

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JOSEPH SARDO
Sep 27, 2015

Two Lovers is interesting and entertaining enough; but not great. I didn't quite buy into it but I did enjoy Phoenix's character, especially at certain points. I'd say worth a watch if you like movies that can at least hold your attention for the duration.

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ashleysears
Jul 01, 2014

movie is slowish - but life is like that. disliked him, and my heart went out to the dark haired girl for wanting to save him.

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BloomFree
Jun 08, 2014

Two women - one glamourous golden-haired and not playing all her cards, the other brunette and showing all her cards. Creepy ending -- a practical decision based on the lead needing a steady boat. Troubling.

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ericbrown
Feb 19, 2013

If you are interested we talked about this movie at the Carlingwood Library Film Club. We discuss three movies a month and we meet on the 2nd Tuesday of the Month.

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BertBailey
Nov 14, 2012

A decent melodrama, marred only by a middling script that could have used some sharpening, and miscasting Joaquin Phoenix in the lead. This last is plausible in that the character is intense, troubled and bi-polar, but what doesn't quite wash with any conviction is the charming part: the step-aside-and-watch-this break-dancing, how he presumably engulfs the carload of ladies with his engaging rap, etc. Even so, there's much to recommend this, including Paltrow's predictably competent work as a needy but muddled woman who offers little, and especially the way the plot is, against the odds, wrapped up tidily in the end.

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neonkc
Sep 07, 2012

excelente movie

BirdNight Sep 07, 2012

good for a sunday afternoon...

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re_discover
Jul 08, 2012

I liked the tension between the organized and the chaotic in this film. I think that Michelle represents both the ecstasy and the deep depression that is bi-polar disorder.
Leonard must find a balance between the two in order to survive.

A poignant moment in the film happens when Leonard's mother lets him go to do what he needs to do, and is supportive when he gets back (no spoilers, sorry!). You can tell that she has done this many times before.

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mjayh
Jun 20, 2012

The performances are excellent, but there's a credibility problem. The director wrote the screenplay loosely basing it, he said, on a story by Dostoevsky, and indeed it might have been more plausible set a century or so earlier when women attached themselves to men to solve problems or please their parents far more readily than they do now. Joaquin Phoenix's sensitive portrayal of Leonard, who is bi-polar and recovering from a lost relationship, makes this worth watching though, despite the film's shortcomings.

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tj_is_cool
Jan 05, 2011

Very slow and very boring. Leonard is a loser.

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