Blue Valentine (2010) Review


Blue Valentine is a 2010 American romantic drama film written and directed by Derek Cianfrance. Cianfrance, Cami Delavigne, and Joey Curtis wrote the film, and Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling played the lead roles as well as serving as co-executive producers for the film. The band Grizzly Bear scored the film.
The film depicts a married couple, Dean Pereira (Gosling) and Cynthia "Cindy" Heller (Williams), shifting back and forth in time between their courtship and the dissolution of their marriage several years later.
The film received critical acclaim and Williams was nominated for both the Academy Award for Best Actress and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama, while Gosling received a nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama.
Dean (Ryan Gosling) is a hopeless-romantic high-school dropout, working for a moving company in Brooklyn. Cindy (Michelle Williams) is an aspiring doctor studying pre-med whilst living with her bickering parents and caring for her grandmother in Pennsylvania. Her boyfriend, a fellow student named Bobby, brings her back to his place, where the two have intercourse, but he ejaculates inside her without her consent.
This causes an angered Cindy to break up with him. Some time later, while Dean is delivering furniture to a nursing home in Pennsylvania, he runs into Cindy, who is visiting her grandmother.
He gives her his number but she never calls; however, they coincidentally meet again on a bus and begin dating shortly afterwards. A jealous Bobby soon finds out and violently assaults Dean.
Cindy discovers she is pregnant and tells Dean he is unlikely to be the father. She opts for an abortion but cancels the procedure at the last moment. Dean comforts and reassures her that he wants to raise the child together. Cindy and Dean get married.
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