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Two Lovers (2008), directed by James Gray, and starring Joaquin Phoenix and Gwyneth Paltrow (VIDEO)

Watch the trailer for Two Lovers, directed by James Gray, and starring Joaquin Phoenix and Gwyneth Paltrow; No. 76 on our list of the 100 best New York movies.

New York movies: Two Lovers (2008)

Disparities of class and temperament are keenly observed in James Gray’s underseen NYC drama, starring a pre-freakout Joaquin Phoenix (never better) as a suicidal Brighton Beach bachelor living with his worried parents. With the arrival of an alluring neighbor with expensive tastes (Gwyneth Paltrow), the movie sets off for swanky midtown locations—and a cautionary shiska romance.—Joshua Rothkopf

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