Two Lovers (2008)
Some would say that this is an average movie with totally predictable story but this is basically a story about all of us, going through series of ups/downs, dissapointments, and various emotional conditions in our lives.
Leonard (Joaquin Phoenix), thorned between his family, his job, and two girlfriends, in one moment decides to leave all behind and go to San Francisco with Michelle (Gwyneth Paltrow). In the end Leonard is being left by Michelle (the girlfriend who’s he actually in love with), and he comes back home to Sandra (Vinessa Shaw), the daughter of his parents’ business associates.
A subtle and real story about day-to-day life situations, relations between family and love, uncertainty of love, commitment, and wishes & desires. Astonishing performance from Joaquin Phoenix, and a fine one by Gwyneth Paltrow. Subtle realism, true emotions, true love and a man who’s not afraid to express that love, but in the end it’s doesn’t always end like we imagined it and hoped for.
Two Lovers is a romantic drama film, remaking of Luchino Visconti’s Le Notti Bianche, which in turn is based on Dostoevsky’s short story, “White Nights.”
An inspirational piece of work, and a definitely must see.