Blue Valentine is an intimate, shattering portrait of a disintegrating marriage.
On the far side of a once-passionate romance, Cindy (Michelle Williams) and Dean (Ryan Gosling) are married with a young daughter. Hoping to save their marriage, they steal away to a theme hotel. We then encounter them years earlier, when they met and fell in love—full of life and hope.
Moving fluidly between these two time periods, Blue Valentine unfolds like a cinematic duet whose refrain asks, where did their love go? Framing the film as a mystery whose answer lies scattered in time (and in character), filmmaker Derek Cianfrance constructs an elegant set of dualities: past and present, youth and adulthood, vitality and entropy. The rigor of his process is visible throughout the film. Eliminating artificial devices, he has only the truth of the characters to work with. Because Gosling and Williams bring amazing intensity and emotional honesty to their roles, the experience of connecting to these two souls becomes truly moving.—Sundance Film Festival
Derek Cianfrance began making movies at age 13. He later attended The University of Colorado where he studied under avant-garde film legends Stan Brakhage and Phil Solomon. His first three films, ‘Five O’clock Shadow’, ‘Raw Footage’, and Brother Tied (1998), won consecutive Goldfarb Awards for best film. Raw Footage went on to be awarded a Special Deans Grant for Achievement in the Arts, as well as The Independent Film Channel’s Award for Excellence in Student Filmmaking. He directed, wrote, shot, and edited his first feature, Brother Tied, at the age of 23. The film made its American premiere at The Sundance film festival where it was lauded as “one of the most striking American independent debuts in some time,” by The Guardian’s Jonathan Romney, and hailed a work of “visual genius,” by New York Newsday’s John Anderson. The film traveled to over 30 festivals and won international awards at 6, including The Orson Welles First Feature Film Award at Huntington, the Ecumenical Jury Award… read more
I loved the first two thirds but then the last third really bugged the shit out of me. It set up all these interesting questions and themes and then dropped them at the last minute. And the changes in the characters were totally unmotivated. It honestly felt like they forgot to put in an ending. Performances and visuals were great but man the ending to this film really disappointed me and hurt the film in my opinion.
On the one hand, I feel like William's character may have been underserved by a lack of justification (not so much for her character, but for those viewers who will dislike her due to their inability to accept someone falling out of love with Ryan Gosling's character without clear reasons); on the other hand, sometimes changes creep up on people, and trying to pin them to specific events is vain and dishonest.
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