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James Gray


Status: Completed

Director(s): James Gray

Main cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Gwyneth Paltrow, Vinessa Shaw

Short synopsis : A romantic drama set in New York City, TWO LOVERS tells the story of Leonard (JOAQUIN PHOENIX), an attractive but depressed young man torn between two women: sweet, good-hearted Sandra (VINESSA SHAW) and beautiful, volatile, irresponsible, Michelle (GWYNETH PALTROW). From the director of WE OWN THE NIGHT.

Long synopsis : TWO LOVERS is a romantic drama set in New York City. It tells the story of Leonard (JOAQUIN PHOENIX), an attractive but depressed young man who moves back in with his parents (ISABELLA ROSSELLINI and MONI MONOSHOV), following a recent heartbreak. An aspiring photographer, Leonard works part-time at his father’s dry-cleaners. His concerned parents try to set him up with Sandra (VINESSA SHAW), the sweet and caring daughter of a close family friend. A big family dinner serves as their introduction and Leonard arranges to see her again. Then late one night Leonard looks out his bedroom window and notices a ravishing young woman he's never seen before. Michelle (GWYNETH PALTROW) recently moved into an apartment in his family’s building—an apartment paid for by the wealthy married man she’s seeing. Leonard is instantly attracted to this beautiful, volatile woman, an attraction that quickly grows into obsession. He ardently pursues her in the hope she will break off her affair. As Michelle begins to fall for Leonard and Leonard discovers hidden depths in Sandra, he is forced to make an impossible decision...


  • Joaquin Phoenix, Gwyneth Paltrow, Vinessa Shaw, Isabella Rossellini, Moni Moshonov, Elias Koteas


  • Producer(s): Donna Gigliotti, James Gray, Anthony Katagas
  • Director(s): James Gray
  • Screenplay: James Gray, Ric Menello
  • DP: Joaquín Baca-Asay
  • Editing: John Axelrad
  • Set Design: Happy Massee
  • Genre(s): Drama, Romance

  • Production company: 2929 INTERNATIONAL LLC
  • Production date: 2008
  • Language: English
  • Duration: 110 min
  • Image Ratio: 0.00
  • Sound Info: Dolby SRD
  • Festival de Cannes 2008 - Competition
  • César Awards 2009 - Nominated
    Award(s) : Best Foreign Film
  • Independent Spirit Awards 2010 - Nominated
    Award(s) : Best Female Lead, Best Director
  • Chicago International Film Festival 2008