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.
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The ring in the grass scene is one of the most moving in cinema. This romantic dystopia is bruising but strangely beautiful all at once. Definitely not a date movie, but a deeply sincere reflection on the nature of damaged love.
You can see Cianfrance's search for honesty and purity here; the focus on the natural juxtapositional states of a couple in a state of bliss, tension, and in their hopelessness translated into film: living. The film excels when it tries to do nothing more than show "events" - akin to Cianfrance's favourite film, Julien Donkey-boy. B.V. assures us that Cianfrance's future work is something to eagerly anticipate.
"How do you trust your feelings when they can just disappear like that? " This quote sums it all. A beautiful and also awful insight of an up-and-down relationship in equal measures. The chemistry between Gosling and Williams are pitch perfect.
Love his surname though: Sounds like chan (cian)+france: so it's like chan (Cat Power's MARSHALL <3) plus France (my second most favourite country in Europe, after my homeland). This is like adding 2 loves in one's surname and then adding it to the actual name of a great great great great GREAT film-maker. I deeply thank this man for one of the most rewarding film experiences I've had had in recent years. *bows down*
It would be hard not to at least partially identify with the struggles experienced by the characters in their relationship, but that doesn't change the fact that it kind of feels like a mix of John Cassavetes and Eternal Sunshine regurgitation.
sublime. this film was refreshing and surprising in how dark it was willing to go. the lead performances were oustanding, there was everything in them you could ask for. the editing was brilliant in this too, and came to the fore near the end when it showed the contrast between what one person thinks and the other, the complete opposite. this film was the afterlife of cassavetes. now, if only there was more of this.
Good movie, but would have been so much better if their relationship was more well developed. It was easy and painful to identify with the situation, but I just couldn't feel much about the characters.
When they were fighting, it was like a beautifully shot shitty reality television show. When there were flashbacks to their young love, it was like a cutesy music video. This movie lacked substance and innovation, all aspects of the story were too predictable. Michelle Williams' character was so completely unlikeable, and her acting average. I thought Gosling's performance was the only good thing about this film.