Blue Valentine

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Blue Valentine

Derek Cianfrance (2010)

107min
15 Certificate
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From the first stirrings of romance to the fractious acrimony of its death throes, this intimate drama offers an in-depth portrait of a marriage hitting the skids. Thanks to strong performances from Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling, there's a genuine emotional credibility to Derek Cianfrance's film, though it's by no means comfortable viewing. Although the story's time-skipping structure contrasts the young couple's hopeful beginnings with their subsequent grinding domestic discord rather than straightforwardly tracing the rise and fall of their relationship, it's so well-observed throughout that it escapes feeling too clever-clever. True, Gosling's mostly impressive work as the gentle drifter with few aspirations beyond being a good husband and father occasionally proves slightly actor-ish, but Williams's turn as the hard-working nurse increasingly frustrated by his apparent lack of ambition is heart-rending indeed. There are few pat solutions here, just an affecting recognition that when some people fall in love and things go awry, it doesn't necessarily mean they fall out of love.

Summary

Teenagers Dean and Cindy meet and instantly fall in love, marrying soon after. Years later, they have a child but their relationship is floundering as resentments have built up between them. They spend a night together in a hotel room, making a final attempt to revive their failing marriage. Drama, starring Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams.

Cast & Crew

Dean Ryan Gosling
Cindy Michelle Williams
Frankie Faith Wladyka
Jerry John Doman
Bobby Mike Vogel
Gramma Jen Jones
Glenda Maryann Plunkett
Dr Feinberg Ben Shenkman
Director Derek Cianfrance
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Optimum Releasing Guidance: Swearing, sex scenes. Available on: Available on DVD and BluRay Released on: 14 Jan 2011

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