Year of Release: 2008
Director: James Gray
Approx. Running Time: 110 minutes
My Rating: 3 Stars (Out of 5)
From Back Cover:
" ONE OF THE BEST FILMS OF 2009."
-San Francisco Chronicle
Leonard (Joaquin Phoenix) is a charismatic but troubled young man, who moves back into his childhood home following a recent heartbreak. While recovering under the watchful eyes of his parents, Leonard meets two women in quick succession: Michelle (Gwyneth Paltrow), a mysterious and beautiful neighbor who is exotic and out of place in Leonard's staid world, and Sandra (Vinessa Shaw), the lovely and caring daughter of a businessman who is buying out his family's dry-cleaning business. Leonard is forced to make a difficult decision between the impetuousness of desire, comfort of love, or risk retreating back into heartbreak.
"PHOENIX GIVES A SUPERBLY RAW... PERFORMANCE."
"THERE'S SOMETHING GRAND ABOUT THE FILM'S SINCERITY AND THE INTESITY OF ITS EMOTIONS."
-New York Times
Like Joaquin Phoenix's other two collaborations with director James Gray (The Yards, We Own The Night) this movie is dark, contemplative and moves at a snail's pace. Unlike those other movies, I found myself actually engaged with the characters in this love-triangle drama.
Here's hoping this doesn't turn out to be the "last peformance" Joaquin claim's it to be.
Rated R (MPAA)
2008 (Year Of Release)