TWC/Hunting Lane/Silverwood (Lynette Howell, Alex Orlovsky
& Jamie Patricof)
USA 🇺🇸 2010
W: Derek Cianfrance, Cami Delavigne & Joey
DP: Andrij Parekh
Ed: Jim Helton & Ron Patane
Mus: Grizzly Bear
Ryan Gosling (Dean Pereira), Michelle
Williams (Cindy Heller)
Like the previous year's '(500) Days Of Summer' (qv), Blue
Valentine is a non-linear story of a doomed relationship, but where the former had comedy undertones, this is a far more serious study.
Switching between the past and present, it's a well-observed,
realistic love story, focusing entirely on the breakdown of a marriage, but intersecting the depressing end of a relationship with it's bittersweet, romantic origins.
The performances of both Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams
are excellent, and the soundtrack unearthed a gem with a previously unreleased 1960's soul hit entitled "You & Me", which becomes the young couples' 'song'.
There isn't really much point to the film, aside from the
theory that you only hurt the one you love. Bleak and depressing, but also captivating, it's a film you certainly need to be in the mood for, but really ought to be avoided if you're personally
going through heartbreak.