Two Drifters
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Two lonely people careen through life following their individual experiences of loss: Rui, a handsome young romantic, loses his lover Pedro on the day of their anniversary; Odete, as fetching as she is unstable, is abruptly dumped by her boyfriend when she broaches the subject of starting a family. Their worlds collide when Odete becomes obsessed with Pedro, a man she never knew. Rui is quick to see through Odete's fictive life with Pedro but Pedro's family is swayed. As Rui trudges through his pain towards acceptance, Odete begins to loosen her hold on reality. The unexpected ending… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 43%

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"An overwrought weepie, it may be inspired by the recent dramas of Pedro Almodóvar, but it comes off as Almodóvar Lite -- muy lite."
‑ John McMurtrie, San Francisco Chronicle
"Neither sentimental nor cruel, yet touching and trenchant, the movie sustains a profound ambivalence right up to the final shot."
‑ Nathan Lee, New York Times
"The tone here is slightly absurd and sometimes even sweet."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Like O Fantasma, perhaps the scariest and finest film ever made about the compulsion of gay desire, Two Drifters' sensual-spiritual plumbing is totally off-the-map."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"Climaxing with a union as heartfelt as it is perverse, the movie asserts with eccentric force the belief that love knows no bounds, be they physical, spiritual or sensible."
‑ Sam Adams, Los Angeles Times
"I don't get it."
‑ Bill Stamets, Chicago Sun-Times
"An arresting and lucid study of how gay men and straight women often compete for the same objects of lust, the same velvety nostalgias for a certain vision of love."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"Director Joćo Pedro Rodrigues has a poetic visual sense, but the novice actors remain so frozen in deer-in-headlights reaction shots, it's all but impossible to get onboard for their predicaments."
‑ Ella Taylor, L.A. Weekly
"This movie doesn't have enough heart or energy to inspire wonder -- with a weak script, utterly unsympathetic characters and a nonsensical plot, it can barely keep plodding along."
‑ Jessica Reaves, Chicago Tribune
"Though the film contains many haunting images, the absence of a solid emotional foundation makes its increasingly preposterous story developments feel arbitrary and ultimately pointless."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
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