Blue Valentine – Derek Cianfrance

A story of two halves; not just of  the two human beings that are inevitably involved in a film titled ‘Blue Valentine’, but of two different periods of time to which the film flips between.

The film opens to the present introducing Dean (Ryan Gosling) and Cindy (Michelle Williams) and their child Frankie.  The film flickers back to the roots of relationship achingly juxtaposed with it’s collapse.

With no glimmering beacon of a fulfilling and loving relationship the individuals were arguably looking to solve the need to be loved, that maybe explains their problematic take on it, instead of sharing it with each other.  The film’s honesty is a relief as the beginning relationship is shot no brighter than it’s end, until perhaps the closing sequence.  But this has been done before, (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind…)

It packs no punches but in its undertow serves a reminder how time itself can act as a corrosion to relationships.  Like I said, there’s no optimistic revelation, but there is some beauty in its dullness.  Unlike the relationships displayed in Control, which I have also watched recently.  Putting it another way; there’s a level of bliss in it’s grit.

But it didn’t depress me beyond belief, like I was told it would.  It wasn’t exactly inspiring either, and it didn’t need to be.  It’s realistic but reflective, nostalgic and creative.  However; if you’ve not seen it, you’re not missing much.

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