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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Ryan Gosling ... Dean

Michelle Williams ... Cindy

Faith Wladyka ... Frankie

John Doman ... Jerry

Mike Vogel ... Bobby
Marshall Johnson ... Marshall
Jen Jones ... Gramma
Maryann Plunkett ... Glenda
James Benatti ... Jamie
Barbara Troy ... Jo
Carey Westbrook ... Charley

Ben Shenkman ... Dr. Feinberg
Eileen Rosen ... Mimi

Enid Graham ... Professor
Ashley Gurnari ... Checker
Jack Parshutich ... Billy

Samii Ryan ... Amanda
Mark Benginia ... Concierge
Timothy Liveright ... Doctor

Tamara Torres ... Maria
Robert Russell ... Justice of the Peace

Michelle Nagy ... Music Teacher
Felicia Reid ... Nurse
Melvin Jurdem ... Old Man (as Mel Jurdem)
Alan Malkin ... Cab Driver
Derik Belanger ... Tony
Isabella Frogoletto ... Child #1 (as Isabella Frigoletto)
Madison Ledergerber ... Child #2
Jaimie Jensen ... Pregnant Woman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joseph Basile ... Warehouse Mover (uncredited)
Ian Bonner ... Room Service Guy (uncredited)
Robert Eckard ... Father (uncredited)

Michael J. Kraycik ... Parent (uncredited)
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Directed by
Derek Cianfrance 
Writing credits
Derek Cianfrance (written by) &
Joey Curtis (written by) and
Cami Delavigne (written by)

Produced by
Doug Dey .... executive producer
Cassian Elwes .... co-executive producer
Carrie Fix .... co-producer
Ryan Gosling .... executive producer
Lynette Howell .... producer
Jack Lechner .... executive producer
Alex Orlovsky .... producer
Scott Osman .... executive producer
Jamie Patricof .... producer
Rena Ronson .... co-executive producer
Michelle Williams .... executive producer
Original Music by
Grizzly Bear 
Cinematography by
Andrij Parekh 
Film Editing by
Jim Helton 
Ron Patane 
Casting by
Cindy Tolan 
Production Design by
Inbal Weinberg 
Set Decoration by
Jasmine E. Ballou  (as Jasmine Ballou)
Costume Design by
Erin Benach 
Makeup Department
Bobby Diehl .... hair department head
Michael Marino .... prosthetic makeup designer (as Mike Marino)
Leo Won .... makeup department head
Production Management
Carrie Fix .... unit production manager
Mike Harrop .... post-production supervisor
Ben Pomeroy .... production supervisor: Incentive Filmed Entertainment
Nicola Westermann .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mariela Comitini .... first assistant director
Adam Escott .... first assistant director
Brad Robinson .... second assistant director
Art Department
Jamie Arbuckle .... on-set dresser
Erik Boring .... leadman
Eddie DeCurtis .... set dresser
Robin Garland .... art department assistant
Jesse Getchell .... art department assistant
Millree Hughes .... scenic painter
Jeffrey Jones .... set dresser
Rachel Jones .... art department coordinator
Greg Kochan .... set dresser (as Gregory Kochan)
Norm Marshall .... artwork provided by
Richard Peete .... assistant property master
Chris Potter .... additional art director
Bridget Rafferty .... assistant art coordinator
Max Sherwood .... property master
Thomas M. Southern .... scenic painter
Michael Crenshaw .... propmaker (uncredited)
Sound Department
Evan Benjamin .... supervising dialogue editor
Travis Call .... audio post supervisor
Vince Camuto Sr. .... boom operator: "Past" (as Vince Reed Camuto)
Damian Canelos .... sound mixer (as Damian Elias Canelos)
Patrick Christensen .... adr mixer (as Pat Christensen)
Dan Flosdorf .... sound designer
Steve Giammaria .... sound recordist (as Steve 'Major' Giammaria)
Sebastian Henshaw .... foley artist
Cory Melious .... supervising sound re-recording mixer
Seth Tallman .... boom operator: "Present"
Tony Volante .... sound re-recording mixer
Eric Walendzinski .... sound utility: "Present"
Corey J. Grasso .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Ryan M. Price .... assistant re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Jon Dowdy .... third special effects (as Jan Dowdy)
Stephanie Finochio .... special effects best boy
Drew Jiritano .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
Jessica Elvin .... smoke artist (as Jessica Allen Elvin)
Jay Tilin .... smoke artist
Kevin Vale .... digital imaging (uncredited)
Blaise Corrigan .... stunt coordinator
Manny Siverio .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Ian Bloom .... digital imaging technician
David Briggs .... grip
Oliver Cary .... camera operator
Maureen Cassidy .... original set dressing photographer
Radium Cheung .... gaffer: "Past"
James Daly .... camera loader
James Daly .... second assistant camera
John Gabriele .... grip
Spencer Gillis .... first assistant "b" camera
Spencer Gillis .... second assistant camera
Marty Hechinger .... best boy electric
Alonso Homs .... additional digital imaging technician
Andrea Killam .... original set dressing photographer
Nina Kuhn .... gaffer: "Present"
Kate Larose .... additional first assistant "b" camera
Ludovic Littee .... first assistant "a" camera
Mike 'Electric' Mervilde Jr. .... grip (as Mile Mervilde)
Davi Russo .... still photographer
Anneke Schoneveld .... original set dressing photographer
John Valkos .... digital imaging technician assistant
Smokey Nelson .... rigging gaffer (uncredited)
Casting Department
Adam Caldwell .... casting associate
Diane Heery .... extras casting: Heery Casting
Richard Hicks .... casting consultant: Los Angeles
David Rubin .... casting consultant: Los Angeles
Joey Cee .... casting assistant (uncredited)
Regina Haigh .... casting (uncredited)
Colleen Kay .... casting associate (uncredited)
Jason Loftus .... casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Stephani Lewis .... assistant costume designer
Rachael Ohman .... key set costumer (as Rachel Ohman)
Sandra Riedel .... wardrobe assistant
Shelby Saboy .... wardrobe supervisor
Meghan Monaco .... costume assistant (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Dana Bloder .... digital intermediate producer
Sam Daley .... dailies colorist: Technicolor New York
Kristyn DiPane .... dailies project manager: Technicolor New York (as Kristyn Di Pane)
Barbara Jean Kearney .... digital intermediate executive producer
William Lehman .... assistant editor
Andrew Still .... digital intermediate data manager
Tim Stipan .... digital intermediate colorist
Joe Violante .... dailies advisor: Technicolor New York
Michael P. Whipple .... digital intermediate engineer
Victoria Anderson .... colorist assistant (uncredited)
Jeffrey Leiser .... colorist assistant (uncredited)
Richie Roefaro .... editing assistant (uncredited)
Aidan Stanford .... color timer (uncredited)
Music Department
Robert Bluemke .... composer: background music
Linus Huey .... composer: background music
Joe Rudge .... music supervisor
Matt Sweeney .... composer: additional music
Transportation Department
Richie Clarkson .... driver: Scranton
Thomas Crehan .... driver: New York
George Holtzer .... transportation captain: New York
Patrick J. Kelly .... driver: King of Prussa
Victor Meich Jr. .... driver: New York (as Vic Meich)
William Metzger .... driver: Scranton
Don Sabara .... transportation captain: King of Prussia
Mike Sedock .... transportation captain: Scranton
Gary Vlaovvich .... driver: New York (as Gary Vlaovich)
James Ware .... driver: Scranton
Other crew
Jay Abbondanza .... additional location scout
Audra Beals .... intern
Joshua A. Bell .... production accountant (as Josh Bell)
Nissa Ren Cannon .... production executive: Silverwood Films
Lisa Caracciola .... set medic
Andrew Carr .... emt
Robert Cedzo .... ultrasound consultant
Tracy L. Connors .... set assistant
Kara Costello .... intern
Nicole Cotton .... payroll accountant (as Nicole A. Cotton)
Julia Cámara-Calvo .... intern (as Julia Camara)
Kristen Daniels .... intern
Mark Davis .... assistant chef
Mary Desmarais .... intern
Vincent Falcetano .... intern
Tricia Fawls .... intern
Jeffrey Francer .... head chef
Jaclyn Gerowski .... intern
Leighana Ginther .... intern
Georgia Harris .... assistant: Ryan Gosling
Scott Haven .... office production assistant
Jim Helton .... title sequence by
Megan Hughes .... intern
David Jennis .... set production assistant (as Dave M. Jennis)
Marshall Johnson .... location manager
Jessie Katz .... intern
Louis Katz .... medical services (as Dr. Louis Katz)
Jared Kaufmann .... assistant: Michelle Williams
Bobby Kennedy .... additional set assistant
Noel Lohr .... executive: Incentive Filmed Entertainment
Steve Longo .... intern
Stephanie Lora .... intern
Patrick Mahoney .... craft service (as Pat Mahoney)
Kool Marder .... executive: Incentive Filmed Entertainment
Paul Mayersohn .... attorney
Jonathan McKeown .... set production assistant
Katie McNeill .... assistant: Hunting Lane Films
Barrant Nelson .... set production assistant
Morgan Newell .... production secretary
Christine No .... post-production assistant
Tony Osso .... script supervisor
Holly Pilch .... production office coordinator
Crystal Powell .... assistant: Silverwood Films
Caesar Rivera Jr. .... intern
Jonathan Rodriguez .... set production assistant
Charles Christopher Rubino .... title designer
Maria Ryan .... assistant to harvey weinstein
Ashley Sawyer .... set production assistant
Joseph Scotchlas .... set medic
Sarah Semlear .... intern
Caylee Sender .... intern
Mona Shokrai .... attorney
Steven Smith .... executive: Incentive Filmed Entertainment
Jennifer Sonnenfeld .... location coordinator (as Jenny Sonnenfeld)
John Stefanic .... additional location scout
Chris Tomeo .... location scout
Jared Uhrich .... assistant location manager
Albert Valera .... first assistant accountant
Marilou Vetter .... additional first assistant accountant
David Vogel .... key set production assistant (as David M. Vogel)
Lucy Patrick Ward .... set production assistant
Stephanie Webber .... intern
Ethan Weinstock .... set production assistant
Jeremy Zerechak .... set production assistant
Laurent Boye-Guérin .... publicist: international (uncredited)
Molly Hansen .... business & legal affairs (uncredited)
Angel Jimenez Jr. .... production assistant (uncredited)
Zach Warsavage .... production assistant (uncredited)
Erica Andrew .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Mario Badescu .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Michelle Bannon .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Peter Basich .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Steven C. Beer .... the filmmakers wish to thank (as Steven Beer)
Susan Boehm .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Kenneth Burgmaier .... the filmmakers wish to thank (as Kenneth K. Martinez Burgmaier)
Michelle Byrd .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Scott Campbell .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Armand Capullo .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Cody Cianfrance .... the filmmakers wish to thank (as Walker & Cody Cianfrance)
Gary Cianfrance .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Jade Cianfrance .... the filmmakers wish to thank (as Joslyn & Jade Cianfrance)
Janice Cianfrance .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Jason Cianfrance .... the filmmakers wish to thank (as Jason & Jen Cianfrance)
Jen Cianfrance .... the filmmakers wish to thank (as Jason & Jen Cianfrance)
Joslyn Cianfrance .... the filmmakers wish to thank (as Joslyn & Jade Cianfrance)
Megan Cianfrance .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Rita Cianfrance .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Walker Cianfrance .... the filmmakers wish to thank (as Walker & Cody Cianfrance)
Dan Cogan .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Kim Custer .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Michael Davis .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Sig De Miguel .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Jerome Duboz .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Irene Feldman .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Jack Finnerty .... special thanks
Jack Finnerty .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Craig Gering .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Cindy Gillen .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Carolyn Govers .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Kirt Gunn .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Gypsy .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Martin Henderson .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Anthony Howard .... extra special thanks
Alan Howell .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Elizabeth Howell .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Lorraine Howell .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Jon Kamen .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Olivier Katz .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Fredric King .... the filmmakers wish to thank: Fountainhead Films
Emilie Klenk .... the filmmakers wish to thank
David Kopple .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Andrea Marcaccio .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Danny Martin .... special thanks (as Corporal Danny Martin)
Tony Menuto .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Rachel Mikolyski .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Susan Muir .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Forrest Murray .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Katie Mustard .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Kim Neeley .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Chizuko Niikawa .... the filmmakers wish to thank: Helton
Barbara Orlovsky .... the filmmakers wish to thank (as Barbara & Dan Orlovsky)
Dan Orlovsky .... the filmmakers wish to thank (as Barbara & Dan Orlovsky)
Alan Patricof .... the filmmakers wish to thank (as Susan & Alan Patricof)
Riley Patricof .... the filmmakers wish to thank (as Riley & Sawyer Patricof)
Sawyer Patricof .... the filmmakers wish to thank (as Riley & Sawyer Patricof)
Susan Patricof .... the filmmakers wish to thank (as Susan & Alan Patricof)
Jean Pesce .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Shannon Plumb .... extra special thanks
Hylda Queally .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Bingham Ray .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Felicia Reid .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Jeremy Renner .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Sarah Richmond .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Stephanie Ritz .... the filmmakers wish to thank
John Robinson .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Robert Russell .... the filmmakers wish to thank (as Justice Robert Russell)
Jane Saul .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Madonna Savage .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Kelly Sawyer .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Frank Scherma .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Greta Seacat .... the filmmakers wish to thank (as Greta Secat)
Jake Septimus .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Philip S. Solomon .... the filmmakers wish to thank (as Phil Solomon)
Scott Speedman .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Ami Spishock .... the filmmakers wish to thank (as Ami Ray Spishock)
Jai Stephan .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Corey Sullivan .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Graham Taylor .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Mike Tillman .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Gail Tucker .... special thanks
Gail Tucker .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Victoria Vater .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Nadean Verdicchio .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Stephen Vincent .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Rachel Weisz .... thanks (as Rachael Weisz)
Keith Zimmerman .... the filmmakers wish to thank
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated R on appeal for strong graphic sexual content, language, and a beating (re-rating on appeal)
112 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Argentina:16 | Australia:MA | Brazil:14 | Canada:18A (Alberta/Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:14A (British Columbia) | Canada:13+ (Québec) | Chile:14 | Denmark:11 | France:U | Germany:12 | Hong Kong:III | Ireland:16 | Italy:VM14 | Japan:R15+ | Malaysia:18 | Netherlands:12 | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:R21 | South Korea:18 | Sweden:11 | UK:15 | USA:NC-17 (original rating) | USA:R (re-rating on appeal) (certificate #46358)

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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 »
Factual errors: All the cars driven by the actors had Pennsylvania license plates on the front. That is inaccurate, since in Pennsylvania you only get one license plate, which goes on the back.See more »
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.
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438 out of 501 people found the following review useful.
Heartbreaking and Powerful, 29 October 2010
Author: DirkesDiggler from United States

I am going to soap box it here for a second. The MPAA (those fine folk who decide what rating a film will receive) ticks me off to no end. Their system feels arbitrary, outdated, and stupid. You can only use the "F" word once in the non literal sense and maintain a PG-13 rating. Because that's the problem, kids hearing the "f" word too many times. For want of any other description, it is terribly stupid.

Why do I bring this up? Well, because the film I watched tonight, a powerful and incredibly touching film has been assigned an NC-17 rating for a sex scene that is not erotic, not violent, not disturbing. It is graphic, but more that that it is sad. Really sad. I'll talk more about this later, but the idea that we have a system that gives "The Human Centipede," "Hostel 1&2″ and all of the "Saw" movies an R rating without a second thought gives this film an NC-17 stuns me. I honestly cannot make sense of it. This is a beautiful, touching, and wonderfully authentic film that deserves a shot at release. There is no logical way a reasonable human being could say that this is less appropriate for a teenager than any of those listed above. For some reason we think graphic torture is fine, but sex and nudity will be the downfall of us all.

My favorite poem is T.S. Eliot's "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock." I've always identified with it and I think it is one of the finest pieces of writing ever produced. Specifically I am enamored with the line, "Shall I, after tea and cake and ices have the strength to force the situation to its crisis." This describes a situation most of us have been in. You're in a relationship that is failing, you know it's failing, the other person knows, your friends know, but it just hasn't reached that crisis point that forces it to end. That is what this film is about.

Most films center on the beginnings of a relationship (the honeymoon), the middle (where things have reached a comfort point), or the divorce proceedings, but you rarely get the moment when the relationship dies. It's hard to present well and it's difficult to watch. This is what happens when the things that were once funny and cute aren't funny or cute anymore. We've all been there and it is painful.

If you think of a relationship as having a life then Blue Valentine is that life at the moment of death where the life that is dying flashes in front of your eyes. There is a combination of present time and flashback showing how these two people came together and how the inevitably fell apart.

Gossling and Williams are both superb in this film. He plays all the clumsy sweetness and frustration of Dean perfectly, and she plays the damage and need to be loved with a quiet power that is absent from most performances today.

These are two people with a very idealized and romanticized view of love. They view it as something that is there or it isn't. From their backgrounds it is obvious why. Neither of them has any exposure to a couple working at it, tending to the relationship. Things are good, then they aren't. Williams character says early on, "How can you trust your feelings when they can just disappear like that?" That is a question that has plagued people as long as there have been relationships. At some point your feelings will change and if you are unequipped to change and grow with them, then any relationship is destined to fail.

The two stories (falling in love and falling apart) are told in intersecting circles. You see the beginning of the end, then you see how they meet, you see the relationship deteriorate further, then you see their amazing first date. This style allows you to see how they fell in love with each other, but also showed the lack of foundation the ultimately doomed them. Through most of the film it is obvious that the only reason they stayed together as long as they did is because of their daughter, and their absolute love for her.

Gosling as the devoted, hard working father is touching, Williams as the overworked mother who seems to be raising her husband along with her daughter is touching. The dynamic of goofy, doting father, and concerned, loving mother is brilliantly played, and creates some genuinely sweet and heartbreaking moments.

This is not an easy movie to watch. It's quite brutal, emotionally, at times. The scene that earned the NC-17 is quite graphic. The two go away to a romantic hotel for a night to try and rediscover something, and end up in a graphic sex scene that is just hard to watch. It's not as graphic as say "Monsters Ball," but there is a resistance by Williams, followed by a resignation, she doesn't want to, but she'll do it. It isn't violent, it isn't a glamorized rape scene, it's hard to watch because it's just so sad. There is no way to deny that this is the death of the relationship embodied in a single moment. He is still infatuated with her, but she has moved on and there isn't any of the old spark left.

While I did enjoy this film it is most definitely not something I would watch often. It is good enough to deserve another view or two, but it is just to heartbreaking. This script went through 66 drafts over 12 years and it shows in the attention to detail, the brilliant pacing, and the way it allows a look and silence to speak volumes. This is a well acted, solidly written and directed film that is well worth at least one viewing, just be aware that it won't be an entirely pleasant experience.

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