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Blue Valentine (2010)

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The relationship of 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 R on appeal for strong graphic sexual content, language, and a beating | See all certifications »

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28 January 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Triste San Valentín  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$193,728 (USA) (31 December 2010)

Gross:

$9,701,559 (USA) (15 April 2011)
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The MPAA originally rated the movie NC-17, but after public allegations of using a double-standard to rate portrayals of sex on-screen, the organization agreed to hear an appeal. Upon review, the MPAA unanimously agreed that the film should receive an R rating. Had the appeal not been granted, it's possible this would have been the first NC-17-rated film to get an Academy Award nomination since Henry & June (1990), and the first for acting. See more »

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After the argument at Cindy's workplace, Dean's necklace is visibly broken with the chain hanging down the front of his shirt. In the next shot, the necklace is intact again. See more »

Quotes

Dean: Be a man, what is that shit? You want me to be a man? I'll go be a man.
[tosses equipment in the room]
Dean: Is this what a man does?
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Referenced in Psych: Shawn and the Real Girl (2012) See more »

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Foreground
Written by Edward Droste, Daniel Rossen, Christopher Bear, and Christopher Taylor
Performed by Grizzly Bear
Courtesy of Warp Records
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great film! great acting! great soundtrack!
7 April 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

i saw this movie at the Sundance film festival and i can't get it out of my head. everything about it is incredibly inspired and brave and poetic. the acting is astounding (i can't remember the last time i saw 2 movie stars be so raw)... the honest, unflinching portrayal of a real relationship is something you don't see much, especially in American film, (again, the actors really deliver here)... the way the images and the music work together creates a sort of dream-scape. this movie is special. i was blown away by it. i can't wait until the release so i can see it again. i hope it is as good as i remember! and i really hope they don't get scared and change it because people need to see this in the movies!


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What a sad pathetic woman themodfather360
Kind of surprised by all the anti-Cindy sentiment seraph33
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