This is a personal favourite by James Gray. A beautifully told, remarkably idyosincratic tale of love & love's confusion. The fundamental elegance of Two Lovers is never dictated by the empty trappings of solemn filmmaking or "chic" taste - this is a handcrafted piece in every camera angle, in every spoken line. Based on Dostoevsky, but it feels like Chekhov for the self-assured levity. A wonder.
O que dizer sobre Joaquin Phoenix? Gato porém medo. Parece que nesse papel ele é ele mesmo, isso é ótimo e assustador. As atrizes também não deixam a desejar. Roteiro honesto e real. Filme com uma cor maravilhosa, meio barroca. Adorei a cena da conversa pelas janelas dos quartos! Adoro romance não romantizado.
Far from the epic of We own the night or The immigrant, Two lovers is a more humble, human love story. Unfortunately it never really shines, and despite a good introduction I feel like the characters never get fully developed. Good flick anyways, as usual when we talk about Gray.
It’s refreshing to see a director who’s capable of creating such thoughtful work from so many different genres. Amazing acting from Joaquin Phoenix,as usual, and surprisingly Paltrow is pretty good to. You can clearly see Dostoevskij’s influence throughout the movie: ‘Two Lovers’ is about the delusions of an utterly compelling yet lonely central character; certainly not an happy movie,but leaves a lot to think about.
Two lines into each character and we already know what kind of people they want to depict but it never feels like the director has any clue of how they're minds could work. The depression, the bipolar disease, the wealthy middle aged that doesn't leave his wife, the addict, the class differences between the characters... all these very stong elements belong to the story but we never feel them or believe in them.
The drama initially plays out indifferently. The Phoenix and Paltrow characters aren't necessarily unlikable, but they seem to undergo one-track motions for sympathy. It's hard to warm up to them, perhaps because their pitied side outweighs their positive qualities. The last half hour of this film is utterly powerful and emotionally complex, partly perhaps, because it was all a lead up to it.
Une exceptionnelle interprétation de l'incontournable Joaquin Phoenix, dans une oeuvre puissante et somptueuse sur la fragilité des coeurs et les désastres affectifs, traversée par une infinie tristesse et d'indicibles doutes existentiels qu'entretiennent avec constance, sagacité et férocité nos imprévisibles et navrants égarements émotionnels... www.cinefiches.com
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