Two Lovers

Synopsis: Leonard Kraditor is a burned-out case, living with his immigrant parents after his fiancée left him, helping out at their Brooklyn dry cleaners, taking photographs, at loose ends, suicidal. In quick succession, he meets two women: Sandra, the daughter of his parents' business associates, frank, direct, sensual, Jewish like Leonard; and, his neighbor Michelle, mercurial, rootless, fun, blond, unattainable. Michelle is in love with a married man and cries on Leonard's shoulder; Sandra wants to save him. Is Leonard willing to risk losing Sandra's fidelity for the moments Michelle's moods swing toward him? Can this end well?
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): James Gray
Production: Magnolia Pictures
  3 wins & 17 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
110 min


I love you,

but I have

to go.

I have to.


- Help!

- Hey! Hey, come here, man.

You all right, man?

- Should we call an ambulance?

- I don't know.

Just get-- get him down.

Watch out, watch out!

- He swallowed a lot of water.

- Sit him up!

- Sit him up.

- Sit him up.

- Go!

- Get him on his back.

I'll try C.P.R.


Are you all right?

You all right?

What happened there?

I fell in the water.

No, he didn't!

I saw him.

- He jumped.

- Breathe, breathe.

What are you talking about?

I fell in the water.

- He just jumped in.

- Come on, I gotta go!

Just take it easy, man.

Where you going?

Where you going?

You gotta wait

for the cops, man.


Hey, buddy, you even gonna thank

the guy who just saved your life?


This guy right here--

he just saved your life.


Thank you.


Hey, ain't that the guy

that works over at the, uh,

the dry-cleaner

on Neptune Avenue?

Maybe. But he doesn't look

too dry to me now.


From New York 1 News,

This is

"New York Tonight."


I was beginning to think

you weren't going to make it.

We're having guests

for dinner tonight.

What-- what happened?


You're all wet.

I fell

into the bay.

It's cold-- Mom, come

on, stop. I'm fine.

- You fell into the bay?

- It's not gonna happen again.

- Don't worry.

- Leonard.

It was an accident.

Can I change, please?


Mom, I'm fine!

I'm fine.

What is the matter?

I think he

tried again.

He said he fell

in the bay.


I think he forgot

his medication this morning.


Listen-- the man who wants

to buy our business

is coming over tonight

with his family.

Let's cancel that.

No, they're almost here.

Look, if he still has

this bipolar problem,

he just has to

take his pills.

It would be nice if

you joined us, okay?

'Cause we want you

to join us.


Stupid stupid.

Hi, how are you?

Oh, enjoy.

Thank you!

- Hi.

- Hello.

I hope we're not late.

The directions were perfect.

- It smells good.

- How you feeling?


thank you.

Good. You remember

my wife Carol.

Hi, nice to

see you again.

- Thank you so much.

- And these are my kids--

--David, my son.


My beautiful daughter Sandra.

Oh thanks, Dad.

Pleased to meet you.

I have to go

to the bathroom.

Down at the end

of the hallway.

Hey hey, David,

what you got?



say thank you.

All right. Come inside.

Let me take your coats.

Yeah, take

the coats.

- This is a beautiful place.

- Yeah, you like it?

It's so nostalgic--

it's like the place I grew up in.

Eat what you'd like. Okay.

- They're not baked.

- They taste like baked.


My wife-- my princess--

is in the kitchen getting dinner ready.

She'll be right out.

Anyway, help yourself.

It's homemade hummus.

I did it.

- Oh!

- Yeah.

Mmm, terrific! Terrific!

- Ooh!

- This is my son Leonard.

- How you doing?

- Leonard? Michael Cohen.

- How do you do?

- Nice to meet you.

My wife Carol,

my daughter Sandra.

- Hi, how you doing?

- Hi.

- Nice to meet you.

- Nice to meet you.

...Not from the Catskills.

The Catskills that we

were talking about

Is like

the slums of the Catskills.

- Which part? Which part?

- South Fallsburg, Loch Sheldrake.

- Which is more west?

- Kiamesha. Kiamesha.

Is it more west than--

- We met at the Catskills.

Just in time for the flies.

You were very--

- And you were the prettiest one.

I paid him to say that.

35 years ago in

the Catskills.

Please don't make me older.

- Hey, you like magic?

- Yeah.

You ever heard of

the melting spoon?


It's really cool.

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James Gray

James Gray is an American film director and screenwriter. Since his feature debut Little Odessa in 1994, he has made five other features, four of which competed for the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. more…

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