Blue Valentine

  • 15
  • Derek Cianfrance (2010)
  • US
  • 107 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

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.

Plot Summary

Relationship drama starring Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams. Dean and Cindy are married with a young daughter, but their relationship is falling apart. When the couple first met they were carefree and passionate, but the realities of life have taken their toll.

Cast and crew

Cast

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

Crew

Director
Derek Cianfrance

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Optimum Releasing
Guidance: 
Swearing, sex scenes.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 14 Jan 2011
Certificate 15
Distributor:
Optimum Releasing
Categories
Drama

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