Leonard, a charismatic but troubled young man, 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, a mysterious and beautiful neighbor who is exotic and out-of-place in Leonard's staid world, and Sandra, the lovely and caring daughter of a businessman who is buying out his family's dry-cleaning business. Leonard becomes deeply infatuated by Michelle, who seems poised to fall for him, but is having a self-destructive affair with a married man. At the same time, 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 falling back into the darkness that nearly killed him.
Cast: Isabella Rossellini, Joaquin Phoenix, Gwyneth Paltrow, Elias Koteas, Vinessa Shaw
Produced by: Donna Gigliotti
Directed by: James Gray
Written by: James Gray, Ric Menello
Running time: 1hr 40min
Opens: Feb 13, 2009 NY/LA
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