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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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Richard I
Richard I

Correction:  In my first line of review regarding the movie, 'Two Lovers,' I meant to say, "An extremely deft and credible performance by Gwyneth Paltrow---the second such POWERFUL delivery, since her role in 199's 'The Talented Mr. Ripley!' All statement below that are correct as is. . .

Richard I
Richard I

An extremely deft and credible performance by Gwyneth Paltrow---the second such delivery, since her role in 1999's 'The Talented Mr. Ripley!'  But, \what can be said of a sullen, emotionally unstable powerhouse, like Joaquin Phoenix?  Together, the combination is heartbreaking, for very different reasons and pathology---to explosive effect!  It's a modern day meditation of another great combination of the past, starring Charles Grodin and Cybil Shepherd in 1972's 'The Heartbreak Kid.'  Hence, Two Lovers is a powerful delivery system of yearning and loss---and gorgeously filmed (in shades of New York City grey), with a discerning eye by James Gray, that has a gripping strength and purpose which keeps his audience asking for more, until the bitter end!