Monday, January 10, 2011

Blue Valentine

Director: Derek Cianfrance

Starring: Ryan Gosling, Michelle Williams, Mike Vogel, John Doman, and Faith Wladyka

Stout performances throughout but this is not a movie for the faint hearted nor the romantic. Blue Valentine is an agonizing film, a raw, soul-shattering dissection of the end of a marriage. Cindy (Michelle Williams) and Dean (Ryan Gosling) spend a grueling 24hours making one last attempt to salvage their marriage. Director Derek Cianfrance's film is an emotionally bracing, startlingly honest look at what a difference just a few years can make in two lives that have been joined together. The film is cleverly split between past and present.

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