A complex portrait of a married couple who have reached an impasse in their relationship. Plagued by memories of their amorous courtship, Dean and Cindy use one night to try and save their dissolving marriage.
i used to like this a lot, thought it was well tragic - one sided romances are, it didn't appear she ever loved him... but then came pines and i found watching (amongst other things) yet another weak hopeless female who needed saving worrying. i dunno about this dude, something's fishy.
This movie hit me much harder post-divorce. Some of the behavior exhibited between the two characters is much more perceptible to me now. The realism of the camera language mixed with the Cassettes-esque scenes works particularly well. I'm glad I gave it another watch...just an observation: since my divorce, BLUE VALENTINE became more impactful and ANTICHRIST more beautiful. Fascinating how celluloid dreams change.
Ryan Gosling greatest performance so far (his most iconic will be Drive). William's should have won best actress that year of the oscars. Very touching but truthful film on reltionships. you can see why it took Cianfrance years to make.