Movie Review: Two Lovers (2008)

Two Lovers explores the age-old question: "Who would you choose: someone you love or someone who loves you?" and presents a very subtle story of what happens when one man makes a choice.

Top-billed by Joaquin Phoenix, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Vanissa Shaw, the film by James Gray features notable, yet subdued, performances by the trio. In the film, Leonard (Phoenix) is a suicidal man that finds love in two places-- one is with Sandra (Shaw), a nice lady from their community and another with Michelle (Paltrow), an irresistible, yet troubled woman. Leonard is torn between the two, but ultimately chooses and faces the consequences.

The movie is very subtle and subdued to a point where it almost goes to a standstill, but eventually gathers itself up with Phoenix's brooding performance. The movie's palette is dark, with most scenes happening in the evening.

Two Lovers is Joaquin Phoenix's last film before he announced his retirement last year. This is a great way to put a stamp in his acting career.

Rating: 4/5

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