Picks and Pans Main: Movies

UPDATED 03/02/2009 at 01:00 AM EST Originally published 03/02/2009 at 01:00 AM EST

Two Lovers

Joaquin Phoenix, Gwyneth Paltrow, Vinessa Shaw, Isabella Rossellini | R |

bgwhite bgwhite bgwhite  



DRAMA
Lost in the brouhaha over Joaquin Phoenix's recent wacko public appearances and his claim that he's forsaking movie stardom to become a rap singer (all strongly suspected to be a hoax staged for a mockumentary he is filming) is the fact that he's a tremendously gifted actor. When it comes to playing wounded souls, as he does in this softhearted intimate drama, he hurts so good.

Phoenix movingly portrays Leonard, an emotionally fragile but likable young man with bipolar disorder who lives with his parents in Brooklyn. Leonard is conflicted over his attraction to two women: a neurotic glamour girl (Paltrow, all jangly-nerved need) already involved with a married man, and a more grounded, supportive type (Shaw), of whom his parents approve. Directed and cowritten with quiet assurance by James Gray (with whom Phoenix made The Yards and We Own the Night), Two Lovers follows Leonard's halting attempts at figuring out his heart and his future. Like all of us, he eventually comes to understand that sometimes you have to get on with life, even when life doesn't match up with your dreams.

 

Your Reaction

Follow Us

On Newsstands Now

Robin Roberts: How Loved Saved Me
  • Robin Roberts: How Loved Saved Me
  • Emma and Andrew: All About Hollywood's Cutest Couple
  • Prince George! More Yummy Photos

Pick up your copy on newsstands

Click here for instant access to the Digital Magazine

Advertisement

From Our Partners

Watch It

Editors' Picks

From Our Partners



Sign up for our daily newsletter and other special offers.
    Choose your newsletters
Thank you for signing up! Your request may take up to one week to be processed.
    see all newsletters