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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Derek Cianfrance
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ryan Gosling ... Dean
Michelle Williams ... Cindy
Faith Wladyka ... Frankie
John Doman ... Jerry
Mike Vogel ... Bobby
Marshall Johnson Marshall Johnson ... Marshall
Jen Jones Jen Jones ... Gramma
Maryann Plunkett ... Glenda
James Benatti James Benatti ... Jamie
Barbara Troy Barbara Troy ... Jo
Carey Westbrook Carey Westbrook ... Charley
Ben Shenkman ... Dr. Feinberg
Eileen Rosen Eileen Rosen ... Mimi
Enid Graham ... Professor
Ashley Gurnari Ashley Gurnari ... Checker
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Storyline

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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Nobody Baby But You And Me. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Walter's wedding photo can be seen on the wall when Dean and Cindy leave the Justice of the Peace. See more »

Goofs

In the beginning of the film, when Dean goes outside to look for the dog with Frankie, he takes his cigarette out of his mouth, puts Frankie down and the next shot the cigarette is back in his mouth. See more »

Quotes

Dean: Can I talk to you for a second?
Cindy: Why?
Dean: You think I stole that money, don't you? Yeah, you do.
Cindy: No.
Dean: Look, I've stolen money before, okay, I know what it's like to get busted. That's what it feels like. I didn't steal it. I've got a job. Okay? This is my job.
Cindy: Okay, I got it.
Dean: I make money. Money I can take girl's out to dates with. Just so you know.
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Crazy Credits

The initial credits, showing major cast and crew, play over a montage of stills from the film and clips of fireworks. See more »

Connections

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Dory
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 lombardoiskingSee 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 January 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blue Valentine See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$193,728, 2 January 2011

Gross USA:

$9,706,328

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$15,440,333
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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