PICK Blue Valentine – A romantic drama directed by Derek Cianfrace and starring Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams which painfully charts the progression of a marriage on the rocks that probably never should have been attempted.
At first glance, Blue Valentine seems to be your run-of-the-mill indie drama; it’s ultra depressive and about damaged love. However, with dynamite performances from both Gosling and Williams and compassionate directing from Cianfrance, this indie heart-breaker is able to transcend to the next level. Melancholy and broken it is for sure, but Blue Valentine makes acute observations about the characters’ struggling marriage and fluently depicts the roles that class and class values play in the characters’ relationship without coming across as being too piteous.
“An intensely intimate rendering of love that limits itself to that first falling in and that last falling out.” ~Betsey Sharkey