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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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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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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: I can't really sing. I have to sing goofy, in order to sing. Like, I have to sing stupid. OK?
[plays "You Always Hurt The One You Love" on a ukulele and sings, while Cindy tap dances]
Cindy: You're actually good.
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We Belong
Written by Eric Lowen (as David Eric Lowen) & Dan Navarro (as Daniel Anthony Navarro)
Performed by Pat Benatar
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under License from EMI Film & Television Music
Used by Permission of Screen Gems-EMI Music Inc.
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Is romantic love the ultimate form of masochism?
1 February 2011 | by dharmendrasinghSee all my reviews

Director Derek Cianfrance may wish to stop wasting his talent on TV and make films his full time occupation. Cinema could use him. His 'Blue Valentine' studies the breakdown of a marriage through beautiful and heartbreaking juxtaposed scenes of past joy and optimism with present scenes of misery and depression. Flitting back and forth in the marriage, it asks: Is romantic love the ultimate form of masochism?

Fine young actors Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams play Dean and Cindy, who unite through a dogged courtship. Dean is easy-going, happy-go-lucky and content in his removal and packing company. He is chary of formal education, but has a philosopher's outlook. Cindy is sexually over-active and, although occasionally frolicsome, is more mature than Dean. About five years on, romance becomes repulsion, and their marriage becomes one of inconvenience.

Make no mistake, this is uncomfortable viewing – not the sex, which serves the story quite well – but the paranoia, pettiness and pugnacity in the couple's interaction. They reach their nadir when he practically begs for affection, and she pleads with him to be more ambitious.

No two actors have complemented each other this well for some time. In an age where vapid acting is vogue, Gosling is a novelty. He is very charming, yet he has a mournful countenance, and possesses a James Dean-like vulnerability. He'd be my poster-on-the-wall if I were 13.

I can't get that entrancing scene where Dean serenades Cindy out of my head. Dean's philosophical outpourings may be interpreted by some as drivel, but more sensitive viewers will detect the shattering honesty. A memorable maxim: 'Girls spend their whole life looking for Prince Charming and then marry the guy who's got a good job and is gunna stick around.'

We go to the movies – many of us – to escape real life. Comfortable as voyeurs, we let our favourite stars distract us and we forget our worries. But 'Blue Valentine' shows a truth no cinema can shield us from. It mustn't be missed.

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