Blue Valentine (2010)

Blue Valentine (2010)
  • Time: 112 min
  • Genre: Drama | Romance
  • Director: Derek Cianfrance
  • Cast: Ryan Gosling, Michelle Williams, Faith Wladyka


A relationship is charted from its promising beginning to its sad collapse in this independent drama from Derek Cianfrance. Dean (Ryan Gosling) meets Cindy (Michelle Williams) when they’re in their late teens; he’s working for a moving company, she’s a college student visiting her elderly grandmother at a home for the elderly. Cindy is dating Bobby (Mike Vogel), her boyfriend from high school, but as she gets to know Dean better, a mutual attraction grows between them. Years later, Dean and Cindy are married and have a daughter, Frankie (Faith Wladyka), but they’re clearly not as happy as they once were; Dean loves his daughter but feels distant from his wife, they have to look after an elderly relative (John Doman), and when Cindy bumps into Bobby while running errands, it’s clear he still holds a grudge against her. Dean and Cindy go away for a weekend together at a hotel, but it doesn’t take long for them to realize that the magic isn’t coming back. Blue Valentine received its world premiere at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.

One comment

  • Well done, and nuanced the story is. Ryan Gosling and Miceelle Williams portray a disaffected couple. They have a six year old daughter named Frankie, the one thing initially that seems to keep them together.

    Gosling portrays a man who , works as a mover, their neighborhood looks something like Staten Island (not upscale, not the worst) Their family of origin is rather absent, disinterested.

    Williams always gives a good performance and does not disappoint.

    She recites the names of US Presidents, proving she has good memory, she wants to attend medical school she says (This is before marriage and child puts an end to her aspirations).

    The undercurrent is really, a ballad for a lost America. Indeed the scenes evoke a sort of blue, pallid environment. The world they live in is not promising. Gosling’s wardrobe is notably lackluster and tattered, at the end of the film he is wearing an America eagle, a sign of faded glory.

    The film makes you sad, not merely for the marriage that eventually dissipates, but also because it portrays a common story, young couple, just trying to endure daily life, and it becomes impossible.

    Good performances in a rather sporadic, but interesting message film. Recommended.

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