I counted at least 8 lovers in this. There was Joaquin, that vapid chick who's married to the dude from Coldplay, a much more attractive woman, Joaquin's parents, Casey Jones, the attractive chick's parents. Oh also there was Joaquin's ex in flashbacks. That's 9. 9 lovers. Read your own script, dude.
Something in particular that strikes me about this film: Two Lovers harkens to a doomed teen romance, in a sense. Here is Leonard, a man child, struggling to create a life independent from his parents (rebellion!). However, his attempts to break free from familial obligations are continually marred by his stunted maturity (teen!). Also, this is the first film I've actually liked Gwyneth Paltrow in. Yes, remarkable.
Una gran película, te deja huella, y eso es lo mejor que se puede decir de una cinta, que no sea simple divertimento; pero va más allá del poso, porque la historia que cuenta, y cómo se mete Phoenix en la piel del personaje, hace que el espectador se sienta arrastrado hacia él, hacia sus elecciones y sus dudas perpetuas. Gran fotografía y música.
I experienced this film as superficial and tedious in its synthetic depiction and reductive dismissal of the reality of experience in life of men with Leonard’s CV and how others respond to them. I’m surprised so many have fawned over it and found it “honest”. I thought it was hollow, phoney and unconvincing, an emperor with no clothes indeed. 2.5/5
James Gray shows us, with the most classic and therefore the most modern filmmaking of today, the good gone days. Old values we thought were gone from our world forever. People come out of the shadows - to love or to destroy, no one filmed them with so much respect and care before. In the end, the full room becomes empty with the strongest embrace of cinema's history.
This film might seem predictable and as if it is not doing much of anything. At times life seems predictable and as if it is not doing much of anything. However, as with life, what keeps it interesting is people and what is going on inside their heads, the acting facilitates this allowing us to project into the minds of the characters. In my opinion this was the strength in this film.
This was the most realistic love story I'd ever seen. The characters were so believable and never over-the-top. The subtle emotions and the quiet atmosphere made it beautiful and haunting. It really captures what everyday life in an urban environment is like with its depressing and bright days, personified through Joaquin Phoenix's character, that it was moving and heartbreaking.