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Blue Valentine (2010)

NC-17  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  28 January 2011 (USA)
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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

28 January 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Triste San Valentín  »

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Box Office


$3,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$9,701,559 (USA) (15 April 2011)

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1.66 : 1
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The film's title comes from Tom Waits's album of the same name. See more »


When Cindy is in the waiting room leaving the doctor's office after changing her mind, there is a brand new Ford SUV visible through the storefront window. See more »


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User Reviews

You Always Hurt, The Ones You Love...
21 January 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What a film this was. The story spans over some year and is about a man and wife with marital problems. I don't really want to tell you anything more...just watch it. I just finished, and they said this film stings...boy does it. The acting, first off, is exquisite. The back and forth from past to present was perfectly placed throughout the film and the overall outcome is so heart-wrenching, it feels like you've been punched in the stomach. Awards season, here this film comes...

And The Soundtrack? I want it.....soooooo bad. Whoever did the music deserves a medal.

Best Scenes: 1. The part where Ryan Gosling sings "You Always Hurt The Ones You Love" 2. The rest...

Excuse Me Michelle... Michelle Williams seems to always play the role of a grieving wife/widow/cancer patient(Dawson's Creek) so maybe that's why she has this role down to a tee. It's not an insult, it's a compliment....or just an observation. I don't think I've ever seen her in a happy comedy role so maybe a future project...no, nevermind.

Best Lines: 1. Dean: "In my experience, the prettier a girl is, the more nuts she is, which makes you insane." Cindy: "I like how you can compliment and insult somebody at the same time, in equal measure." 2. Dean: "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."

Overall: A wonderful and heartbreaking love story with spot on acting, singing, cinematography, directing and writing. It's so powerful, it out-shines most films I've seen this year and it's definitely going down as one of my favorites.

9.5 Stars. Read all my movie reviews at http://dianalynn5287.blogspot.com/

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