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Things We Learned from the Commentary: James Gray’s ‘Two Lovers’

January 18, 2013

TThe decision to kick off the series with James Gray was a rather easy one. Not only is Gray one of the most wrongfully unheralded American storytellers working in all of contemporary cinema, but his films are often lost in the shuffle or neglected in part to their refusal to conform to cinema’s demographic driven standards.

Two Lovers is the director’s fourth feature, per IMDb, the film is a Brooklyn-set romantic drama about a bachelor (Joaquin Phoenix) torn between the family friend (Vinessa Shaw) his parents wish he would marry and his beautiful but volatile new neighbor (Gwyneth Paltrow). Yes, it’s ostensibly a film about a man juggling two very different love interests; most films are content with running with that very premise and never looking back. Gray has little interest in subverting said premise, as his intentions are far more poetic, often situated or operating beneath the film’s surface.

Full review at Sound on Sight

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