Directing a movie is all about establishing and maintaining a consistent tone. When the editing, art direction, and cinematography all complement each other -- and when the actors understand how subtly they need to play each scene -- that's when a filmmaker has greatness within reach. James Gray achieves just that with Two Lovers
because he tells a story of emotionally operatic proportion in the tone of a gentle whisper. The film stars Joaquin Phoenix as Leonard Kraditor, a suicidal young man living with his parents (Isabella Rossellini and Moni Moshonov) after a mental breakdown triggered by the tragic end of an otherwise happy engagement. His sensitive but t...