Blue Valentine

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Blue Valentine
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A beautifully shot, and stunningly acted virtual two-hander starring Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling as a couple who married too young and are facing the fall-out. The film flows between flashbacks shot on 16mm of the relationship’s early days and digital footage of their heartbreaking present situation, and the visual contrast elegantly conveys how falling in and out of love can dramatically change the way the world looks. The story is slight – and as old as the hills – but writer-director Derek Cianfrance applies intelligence, authenticity and originality to every detail, from the space-themed hotel room where the couple go for a last-ditch romantic getaway to the Grizzly Bear-scored soundtrack.

By: Sarah Cohen

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Director: Derek Cianfrance
Screenwriter: Derek Cianfrance
Cast: Ryan Gosling
Michelle Williams