Directed by James Gray
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 eye 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 becomes deeply infatuated with Michelle, while mounting pressure from his family pushes him towards committing to Sandra. Leonard is forced to make an impossible decision between the impetuousness of desire and the comfort of love, or risk retreating back into heartbreak.
In this complex and intriguing romantic drama, a bachelor is torn between the woman his parents wish he would marry (Vinessa Shaw) and his beautiful but volatile new neighbor (Gwyneth Paltrow).
Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Gwyneth Paltrow, Vinessa Shaw
A wonderful film
a bit painful to watch
An engaging movie with an interesting ending, but I had to dock stars because of some performance and dialogue issues. Joaquin comes off as fairly creepy in this film, so I had trouble believing in the romances. Some dialogue felt stale, not like things real people would say.