Blue Valentine

Blue Valentine

DVD - 2011
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An honest, moving, and uninhibited love story. The uncompromising portrait of Dean and Cindy, a young married couple who have grown apart, taking one night away from their daughter to try to save their relationship. Highlighted by provocative scenes alternately intimate and intense, the film captured audiences and critics alike.
Publisher: [New York, NY : Weinstein Co. : Anchor Bay Entertainment ; Universal City, CA : Distributed by] Universal Home Video, 2011
Branch Call Number: BLU
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (114 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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Nooksack20
Aug 21, 2017

Sorry, but IMO the juice isn't worth the squeeze....

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FootBalm
Dec 07, 2016

Best performance in their respective careers. It's a very bittersweet movie.

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publicenemy45
Dec 04, 2015

just an average movie very cute couple relationship story I enjoy it.

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paeng63
Apr 15, 2015

Blue Valentine gives an honest portrayal of relationships. This movie goes against the common procedure of most romance movies. Great performances by Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams, great directing, and a really good score by Grizzly Bear.

NatMarAma Mar 05, 2015

Well done and incredibly depressing.

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Nursebob
Dec 13, 2014

Dean and Cindy’s marriage is in trouble. What communication they share consists mainly of repetitive arguments and hurtful accusations; even an overnight stay at a tackily appointed “love hotel” meant to provide some quality alone time winds up being just another alcohol-fueled evening of angry resentments. It doesn’t take long to appreciate the reasons for this unhappy state of affairs for Cindy presents as a passive-aggressive martyr while Dean’s drunken man-child has more in common with their four-year old daughter. A series of flashbacks allow us to trace the couple’s disintegration as we see two naive and painfully immature souls trying to connect; she’s living at home with her violent domineering father while trying to earn a medical degree, he’s a dim-witted highschool dropout from a broken family who’s been eking out a living doing menial labour. When she finds herself pregnant they decide to do the wrong thing for all the right reasons. This then is not the story of good beginnings gone sour, but rather a marriage which never had a chance in the first place. Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams are wonderful together. Their largely improvised dialogue is completely convincing as banal smalltalk and heated quarrels hint at deeper psychological scars which neither partner is emotionally equipped to deal with constructively. Director Derek Cianfrance keeps the mood low-keyed with muted colours and overcast skies while his relentless camera records love’s final death throes. To his credit he steadfastly avoids any clichéd Hollywood cop-outs presenting us instead with a sad little non-ending and a few visual cues as the final credits roll. Some may see this as a lolling drama going nowhere and featuring unbelievable characters (med student marries loser?) While I can’t say they’re completely wrong, I chose to view Blue Valentine as a piercing character study of two damaged and desperate people making a string of bad decisions. There may be something of the “experimental” in Cianfrance’s work, some scenes definitely have an aura of affectation to them, but Gosling and Williams’ naturalistic performances go a long way in smoothing out the film’s few rough edges.

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jimg2000
Oct 23, 2014

A love story brilliantly told from the first spark to end. Dean's pick up lines were irresistible, at least coming from him (Ryan Gosling) to Cindy.

leanneclaire Jul 22, 2014

I will not be back in Cleveland until July 28th so I will not be able to renew until then...

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0cho
Jun 26, 2014

This movie is as terrible as it is good. The acting is excellent. The problem is the subject matter. It is written so you see the beginning of the relationship, all fun and romance and then the end when it falls apart, yelling, screaming and disgust. So if you want to see\experience when a marriage falls apart than this movie is for you. A very sad movie that I can’t recommend but done very well for what it is trying to show.

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SusannahElf
Mar 20, 2014

I think there would have been more depth to this movie if it had shown some of the intervening years, after the blissful beginning and before the sad ugly breakdown. As it is, it could have been the portrayal of two completely different relationships that happen to be played by the same pair of actors. We all know that many relationships which begin sweetly end up in bitterness, but how does it happen? Too much is left out. Still, with all these flaws, this is a better movie than most.

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Sep 18, 2011

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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Dieu_D Jan 21, 2015

Dean: In my experience, the prettier a girl is, the more nuts she is, which makes you insane.

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jimg2000
Oct 24, 2014

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Dean: Look, I didn't want to be somebody's husband and I didn't want to be somebody's dad. That wasn't my... goal in life. For some guys it is - wasn't mine. But somehow, I've... it was what I wanted. I didn't know that and it's all I wanna do. I don't want to do anything else. That's all I want to do. I work so I can do that.

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