Two Lovers

Posted by schnolis on March 7th, 2009 filed in Reviews

TWO_LOVERSWhat happens to us when we meet someone special? Something inside us switches on as we engage life. We become happier, we live each moment more fully, and we become a brighter, more lively version of ourselves. This happens to Leonard (Joaquin Phoenix) in the movie Two Lovers.

Leonard is troubled most of the time. He suffers from bipolar disorder and depression. He gets through his days helping his parents run a dry cleaning business, but only barely. His parents are aware of this, and attempt to set him up with a nice woman named Sandra (Vinessa Shaw). He doesn’t resist these efforts, but at the same time discovers the woman upstairs, Michelle (Gwyneth Paltrow). She’s in a troubled relationship with a married man. He takes on both relationships, blind from each other and from everyone else around him.

Where the story goes from here is interesting and touching, but I won’t reveal that here.

What I liked: The interesting and touching story of Leonard. Joaquin Phoenix does a stellar job in playing this difficult character.

What I disliked: Not a lot. Many of the scenes were dark but it seemed to fit the story.

Rating: 9 of 10

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