By contrast, “Blue Valentine” is often much more, well, blue. More important, it’s just genuinely real. The romantic drama feels somewhat like a fly-on-the-wall documentary (Cianfrance’s primary experience is in TV documentaries) even though it’s not billed or scripted that way. It understands the true dichotomy between our happy and heavy hearts. The film, which was released on Blu-ray and DVD on May 10, 2011, is one of the best movies of 2010 that didn’t win an Oscar.
Michelle Williams as Cindy in Derek Cianfrance’s “Blue Valentine”.
Photo credit: Davi Russo, The Weinstein Company
While Cianfrance says he sometimes felt like
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Ryan Gosling (Oscar Nominee, Half Nelson) and Oscar Nominee for Best Actress Michelle Williams star in the honest, moving,
"The next film I'm making is called The Place Beyond the Pines, which we'll shoot this summer. We're just locking up all our financing right now. It's a film about fathers and sons. It deals a lot with ancestry. Ryan Gosling is going to play a motorcycle stunt rider who comes back to the town of Schenectady to find out he has a young son from this one-night stand. He has to choose whether he's going to be a father, or
At the young age of 23, director Derek Cianfrance wrote, directed and edited his first feature, Brother Tied in 1998. 12 years later, after initial difficulties to secure funding, his follow-up Blue Valentine was released, although, due to the critical acclaim of his second film, we won't have to wait that long for his third. This fantastic drama stars Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams as a couple trying to save their marriage, as we also see how their relationship started through a series of well-placed flashbacks in this intricately-structured drama.
Blue Valentine will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on May 10, and I recently had the privilege of speaking with Derek Cianfrance to promote the home video release. Here's what he had to say below.
I really enjoyed the movie, so it's
"Blue Valentine is the best
Directed by Derek Cianfrance.
Starring Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams.
The story of love found and love lost told through past and present moments in time.
During the 26th Annual Sundance Film Festival, many films were introduced to the world. Many films that went on to do well among public audiences. Films such as Winter’s Bone, Waiting for Superman & Happythankyoumoreplease. Another film, directed by Derek Cianfrance, entitled Blue Valentine also seemed to get a lot of attention due to its deep drama induced story about a married couple played by Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams. After a good showing at Sundance as well as other festivals, Blue Valentine finally found its way into theaters nationwide.
The story begins with the couples’ daughter Frankie (Faith Wladyka) looking for her dog, Megan, who has gotten out of the yard. After not finding her, she wakes up her father,
As a child, Derek Cianfrance always worried his parents would divorce. When he was 20 his fears were realized. Both upset as well as curious about his own emotional antennae — how he somehow sensed discord in his parents’ relationship — Cianfrance decided to tackle the subject head-on with a movie. After gaining notice in the indie community with his debut feature, Brother Tied, in 1998, Cianfrance got to work on Blue Valentine, a storied film in the New York production community on account of its 12-year, 66-draft journey to production.
Blue Valentine stars Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams as married couple Dean and Cindy Periera. Struggling to regain the spark in their relationship, Dean, a house painter, and Cindy, a nurse, try to hide their increasing disinterest in
On whether he believes the line he wrote for his "Blue Valentine" character that "guys are more romantic than girls", he said, "You know, I change my mind every day. That day, I believed. But men aren't planning their weddings from the time that we're six. We're putting them off as long as we can, and I think we get married for different reasons."
Ryan, 30, also admitted working with six-year-old actress Faith Wladyka changed his opinion of children because he admits he isn't normally a fan of kids. He said, "I don't really like kids! I don't. Faith is different; she's not a jerk. Most kids never
One of the most buzzed about films at both the Sundance and Cannes film festivals this year, and stirring up an equal storm due to the MPAA’s controversial decision last week to slap the film with an Nc-17 rating, Derek Cianfrance’s ‘Blue Valentine‘ is a film that demands your attention, but it should be for its former praise rather than the outrageous latter decision levelled against it.
‘Blue Valentine’ begins with Dean (Ryan Gosling) and Cindy’s (Michelle Williams) marriage already in flux; their antagonism towards each other manifests in passive-aggressive acts rather than snide words, and their only common ground seems to be the intense love they share for their daughter, Frankie (Faith Wladyka). In juxtaposing this, the apparent end of their relationship, with flashbacks to the intense, bright-burning love that defined the beginning of it, we observe in devastating terms how even
"I'm interested in love and the lack of it," says Ryan Gosling, "and the crazy things we do to get it." This, he thinks, is the central theme that runs through his films. Gosling looks very sad and tired as he talks about love, but that's probably because he's been discussing it all day, sat in a rather cold, dark hotel room. Today has been an interview marathon as he's in London briefly to promote his new film, Blue Valentine. We're sat uncomfortably side by side, staring at an empty sofa and the blank wall behind it.
While promoting his latest movie, Blue Valentine, hottie actor Ryan Gosling was asked by film critic Peter Travers to sing the first song that popped in his head.
After all, he was on The Mickey Mouse Club and currently sings in a band. He's musical. So, what song did he sing?
"My Little Pony" -- a song that he says costar Faith Wladyka can't stop humming. He even prefaces the video with a disclaimer that he'll probably forget the words.
Blue Valentine is a love story for our times – a film which examines the elusive nature of love and the weighty burdens of commitment, while also examining the complexity of modern gender roles and new attitudes about the bonds of marriage and family.
Best of all, the film manages to feel both timely and timeless, without ever going so far as to be preachy.
The story centers around Dean (Ryan Gosling) and Cindy (Michelle Williams), a couple living in small town Pennsylvania with their small daughter, Frankie (Faith Wladyka). Dean is a high school dropout who makes his living laboring as a blue collar worker – he has many creative and artistic talents, but no drive to be ...
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It may not be 3-D or have the Hollywood star wattage of other films this holiday season, but the small and intimate Blue Valentine is without doubt one of the best films of 2010. The disgustingly talented Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams take center stage as Dean and Cindy, at once deeply in love and later weathered and frustrated as the film cuts back and forth between the two extremes. Through the brilliance of director Derek Cianfrance’s script, written with Joey Curtis and Cami Delavigne, the film manages to be wholly honest and never gimmicky or cliche as it examines the relationship of this ultimately doomed couple.
Gosling is, as always, fully committed in his portrayal of Dean, whose initial lovestruck dopiness develops into nagging insecurity as the film progresses. Though he
Blue Valentine is directed by Derek Cianfrance and also stars Faith Wladyka, Mike Vogel. I’ll let the synosis do the talking.
Synopsis: Blue Valentine is the story of love found and love lost told in past and present moments in time. Flooded with romantic memories of their courtship, Dean and Cindy use one night to try and save their failing marriage. Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams star in this honest portrait of a relationship on the rocks.
Keep your eyes peeled for our review of Blue Valentine which should also be coming up in the next few
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