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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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A Love Story. 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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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:

$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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Trivia

Director Derek Cianfrance spent twelve years making the movie; he started working on the script in 1998. During that process, Cianfrance said that he wrote about sixty-seven drafts, mostly each one containing content added/modified based on on-set improvisations, inspirational encounters, etc., while he worked on several documentaries to secure more funding for the movie. See more »

Goofs

When Dean is decorating Walter's room for him, he hangs the U.S. flag incorrectly. The flag should be hung with the union (the blue section) on the left, even when hung vertically. See more »

Quotes

Dean: You ever get that feeling?
Marshall: Yeah, like, you've seen her before and you just know her.
Dean: Yeah.
Marshall: It's a feeling. But, actually, you really don't know her.
Dean: I probably... I don't right?
Marshall: That's right.
Dean: It felt like I did, though.
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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 »


Soundtracks

Shift (Alternate Version)
Written by Edward Droste
Performed by Grizzly Bear
Courtesy of Warp Records
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A Simple and Heartbreaking Story, with Magnificent Screenplay, Performances and Soundtrack
17 September 2011 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

The worker of the Steinway Moving & Storage Dean (Ryan Gosling) meets the medicine student Cindy (Michelle Williams) and falls in love with her. Cindy has a personal problem with her boyfriend and the sooner she gets married with Dean.

Years later, the family man Dean has no ambitions and is satisfied with his simple life together with his wife and their daughter Frankie. Cindy works as a nurse in a medical clinic and believes that Dean has potential to be someone. They love their daughter but Cindy rejects Dean's affection; Dean invites Cindy to go to the motel expecting to rekindle their love. But their marriage has ended a long time ago.

"Blue Valentine" is a simple and heartbreaking story, with magnificent screenplay, performances and soundtrack that make the difference. The romance is developed at two periods, in the beginning and the end of the relationship of a couple that does not talk anymore to each other. Their relationship is disclosed in the present days, entwined with flashbacks of period of sweethearts.

In Brazil, "Blue Valentine" was released in the movie theaters with the title "Namorados para Sempre" ("Valentine Forever"), misleading the viewers that expect a romantic comedy instead of a drama. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Namorados para Sempre" ("Valentine Forever")


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