Top 365 Films – #200 – Blue Valentine (2010)


Top 365 Films - Blue ValentineDIRECTED BY: Derek Cianfrance

STARRING: Ryan Gosling, Michelle Williams, Faith Wladyka, John Doman, Mike Vogel and Ben Shenkman

BUDGET: $1m

EARNED (Worldwide): $12.3m

AWARDS: None (Oscar Nomination for Best Actress and 2 Golden Globe Nominations for Best Actor and Best Actress)

 

SYNOPSIS

The relationship of a contemporary married couple, charting their evolution over a span of years by cross-cutting between time periods.

 

Blue Valentine follows the relationship between Dean and Cindy Pereira and how the two came together. Currently Dean works as a painter while Cindy works as a nurse in a medical clinic and they live at a decent home with their young daughter Frankie.

 

Blue Valentine is one film that you should never pick as an option of viewing for your first date but it is definitely worth your time to check it out, just be prepared going into this film as we’re placed into the timeline of the relationship coming to an end between the couple we follow throughout the course of the film. Whilst we witness the end building, we’re given moments of how the two came together in flashbacks, how the two have set opinions on their ideals of relationships and a sense of dreamy optimism of the future ahead and when we jump to the present Cindy starts to fall out of love with Dean as we observe her mental exhaustion while we see Dean’s physical transformation, where Dean hasn’t changed in terms of personality….and this is where the problem lies. Cindy wants something more while Dean is happy and content with the way things are as in his view being around his wife and his daughter is all that he needs. We see the arguments that bring good points from both characters and it’s an emotionally brutal film to watch, particularly in the hotel scene where Dean makes a desperate attempt to rekindle their love leading to a sex scene that’s just heartbreaking to see as Cindy is reluctant to it yet resigns to it. The two lead performances are terrific from Ryan Gosling as the charming, sweet and yet emotionally manipulative Dean and Michelle Williams as raw, emotionally closed off Cindy. It’s when you reach the end and realise the different personalities and how the two ended up together that you shouldn’t be surprised as to why it comes to an end.

 

FAVOURITE SCENE: Dean and Cindy having an adult conversation at the hotel room.

FAVOURITE QUOTE: ‘I feel like men are more romantic than women. When we get married, we marry, like, one girl, ’cause we’re resistant the whole way until we meet one girl and we think, “I’d be an idiot if I didn’t marry this girl. She’s so great”. But it seems like girls get to a place where they just kinda pick the best option… ‘Oh he’s got a good job.’ I mean they spend their whole life looking for Prince Charming and then they marry the guy who’s got a good job and is gonna stick around.’ – Dean

DID YOU KNOW?: Derek Cianfrance spent 12 years making the movie. During that process, Cianfrance said that he wrote about 67 drafts, mostly each draft containing content added / modified based on on-set improvisations, inspirational encounters etc., while he worked on several documentaries to secure more funding for the movie.

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