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

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Dean Pereira and Cindy Heller Pereira are a young, working class married couple - Dean currently working as a painter, and Cindy working as a nurse in a medical clinic - with a young daughter named Frankie. Despite their relatively tender ages, they are both ravaged by the life they've eked out together and by the experiences they've had leading into their marriage. Dean, a high school drop out, comes from a broken home, where he never really had a mother figure. He never saw himself getting married or having a family despite falling in love at first sight with Cindy. He doesn't have any professional ambition beyond his current work - which he enjoys since he feels he can knock off a beer at 8 o'clock in the morning without it affecting his work - although Cindy believes he has so much more potential in life. Cindy also comes from a dysfunctional family, with her own mother and father not setting an example of a harmonious married or family life. One of her previous serious ... Written by Huggo

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Rated NC-17 for a scene of explicit sexual content | See all certifications »

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27 December 2010 (Australia)  »

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Triste San Valentín  »

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£176,411 (UK) (14 January 2011)

Gross:

$9,701,559 (USA) (15 April 2011)
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The scenes in the 'past' when Dean and Cindy are falling in love were shot first, in three weeks. After this Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams spent a month together in a rented house to age themselves in preparation for the 'present' scenes. They spent a lot of their time grocery shopping, cooking dinner and learning to pick fights with each other. See more »

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During the scene at the doctor's office the assistant is wearing blue gloves on both hands. She hands equipment to the doctor and in the next shot, from a different camera angle, the assistant suddenly isn't wearing any gloves. See more »

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Cindy: Dean, I give you this ring...
Justice of the Peace: As a symbol.
Cindy: As a symbol...
Justice of the Peace: Of my solemn vow.
Cindy: Of my solemn vow...
Justice of the Peace: And everlasting love.
Cindy: And everlasting love...
Justice of the Peace: For as much as you have consented in holy wedlock before God, I do, by the power vested in me by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pronounce you man and wife. You may kiss the bride.
[Cindy and Dean embrace in a long kiss]
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A story for the wounded
26 May 2011 | by (Saint Louis, MO) – See all my reviews

Blue Valentine is one of the most depressing and well done films I've ever seen.

It is one that I will recommend that everyone see. Not because I want them to be sad or because I think they could learn anything new but because I think everyone should want to see the best of everything and this film is the best of it's genre that I have ever seen. The acting is perfect. The metaphors are delicious and the hidden signs are just waiting to be uncovered.

Another great thing about this movie is that it is interesting to get different perspectives from your friends as to what they think happened in the movie and to whose side they are on. It is unlikely that they will have trouble connecting to or relating to the characters in Blue Valentine no matter if they have ever been married or had kids before.

Don't expect this to be a date movie or a nice happy rom-com. It is pretty much the anti-thesis of a date movie.


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