Blue Valentine (2010)

Posted: May 4, 2011 in Hollywood
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Blue Valentine


The film centers on a contemporary married couple, charting their evolution over a span of years by cross-cutting between time periods.


Derek Cianfrance


Ryan GoslingMichelle Williams and John Doman

Derek Cianfrance has been developing “Blue Valentine” for nearly 12 years, and his film is not just a complex portrait of its two main characters, it’s also profoundly honest as it examines intimacy from every angle, emotionally and physically. The romantic story of Dean and Cindy flashes backward in beautifully edited matching shots that show us the first flourish of affection, and the final backlash of frustration. The two stories (falling in love and falling apart) are told in intersecting circles. You see the beginning of the end, then you see how they meet, you see the relationship deteriorate further, then you see their amazing first date. This style allows you to see how they fell in love with each other, but also showed the lack of foundation that ultimately doomed them. Through most of the film it is obvious that the only reason they stayed together as long as they did is because of their daughter, and their absolute love for her. The story is a familiar one because it’s the most common source of drama in life and art but avoids cliché and instead handles the subject with uncommon insight and grace.

Gossling and Williams are both superb in this film. He plays all the clumsy sweetness and frustration of Dean perfectly, and she plays the damage and need to be loved with a quiet power that is absent from most performances today. Gosling as the devoted, hard working father is touching, Williams as the overworked mother who seems to be raising her husband along with her daughter is touching.

Still of Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams in Blue Valentine

Gosling singing while Williams tap dances, what she reveals to Gosling on the bridge and how he reacts, the scene in the doctor’s office towards the end…it’s moments like these that make this movie so brilliant. BLUE VALENTINE is both sweet and emotionally devastating. It’s raw in every sense of the word. Writer/director Derek Cianfrance has crafted a brave and genuine relationship-character study.

All in all, this is a well acted, solidly written and directed film that is well worth at least one viewing, just be aware that it won’t be an entirely pleasant experience. While I did enjoy this film it is most definitely not something I would watch often. I give it 8 out of 10.

Check out the trailer…

  1. Bhagwan Dada says:

    phucche maan paryoo malai the way you writing….improvin mate…. likes….

  2. FriedDust says:

    nice movie but depressing.

  3. Leiza says:

    is it ur point of view in the description? if so i tell u, you should be film critics. Like your writing…

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