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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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Derek Cianfrance
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Cast

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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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 January 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Triste San Valentín See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$193,728, 2 January 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$9,737,892

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$16,566,240
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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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 is possible that 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 »

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: I don't know. I feel like I should just stop... You know, just stop thinking about it, but I can't. Maybe I've seen too many movies, you know, love at first sight. What do you think about love at first sight? You think you could love somebody by just looking at them? But the thing is, man, I felt like I knew her.
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I became a fan of Ryan Gosling after watching this movie.
12 October 2012 | by krishna chaitanyaSee all my reviews

Where can I start about this movie? You want me to start about the great performances by the actors? or the skillful directing? or the masterful writing?

I was dumbfounded right after watching this movie. In fact I wondered, why didn't Ryan gosling get nominated for the Oscar but Michelle Williams did.

While watching this movie, I didn't get entertained but I savored the reality which I was viewing on the screen. I'm fully moved. What I loved most in this movie is the character Dean neither raises his voice nor his hand at his wife but respects her with profound sincerity. He makes mistakes but never let go of his family.

The director portrayed beautifully about the most common problems which arise between a man and wife and how they overcome those problems. Apart from this, I totally loved the chemistry between Dean and Cindy before marriage. This movie includes some sweet moments and some bitter moments as well. I'm 23 and single and If I ever become a husband then I wanna be like Dean(The character in this movie).


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