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Blue Valentine (2010)

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The relationship of a contemporary married couple, charting their evolution over a span of years by cross-cutting between time periods.

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Derek Cianfrance
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ryan Gosling ... Dean
Michelle Williams ... Cindy
Faith Wladyka ... Frankie
John Doman ... Jerry
Mike Vogel ... Bobby
Marshall Johnson Marshall Johnson ... Marshall
Jen Jones Jen Jones ... Gramma
Maryann Plunkett ... Glenda
James Benatti James Benatti ... Jamie
Barbara Troy Barbara Troy ... Jo
Carey Westbrook Carey Westbrook ... Charley
Ben Shenkman ... Dr. Feinberg
Eileen Rosen Eileen Rosen ... Mimi
Enid Graham ... Professor
Ashley Gurnari Ashley Gurnari ... Checker
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Storyline

Dean Pereira and Cindy Heller Pereira are a young, working class married couple - Dean currently working as a painter, and Cindy working as a nurse in a medical clinic - with a young daughter named Frankie. Despite their relatively tender ages, they are both ravaged by the life they've eked out together and by the experiences they've had leading into their marriage. Dean, a high school drop out, comes from a broken home, where he never really had a mother figure. He never saw himself getting married or having a family despite falling in love at first sight with Cindy. He doesn't have any professional ambition beyond his current work - which he enjoys since he feels he can knock off a beer at 8 o'clock in the morning without it affecting his work - although Cindy believes he has so much more potential in life. Cindy also comes from a dysfunctional family, with her own mother and father not setting an example of a harmonious married or family life. One of her previous serious ... Written by Huggo

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Nobody Baby But You And Me. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R on appeal for strong graphic sexual content, language, and a beating | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 January 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blue Valentine See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$193,728, 2 January 2011

Gross USA:

$9,706,328

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,903,649
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The scenes in the "past" when Dean and Cindy are falling in love were shot first, in three weeks. After this, Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams spent a month together in a rented house to age themselves in preparation for the "present" scenes. They spent a lot of their time grocery shopping, cooking dinner and learning to pick fights with each other. See more »

Goofs

When Dean is decorating Walter's room for him, he hangs the U.S. flag incorrectly. The flag should be hung with the union (the blue section) on the left, even when hung vertically. See more »

Quotes

Cindy: What did it feel like when you fell in love?
Gramma: Oh... oh dear, I don't think I found it.
Cindy: Even with grandpa?
Gramma: Maybe a little, in the beginning. He didn't really have any regard for me as a person. You gotta be careful with that. You gotta be careful with the person you fall in love is worth it... to you.
Cindy: I never want to be like my parents. I know they must've loved each other at one time, right? To just get it all out of the way before they had me. How do you trust your feelings when they can just ...
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The initial credits, showing major cast and crew, play over a montage of stills from the film and clips of fireworks. See more »


Soundtracks

My Country 'Tis of Thee
(uncredited)
Written by Samuel Francis Smith
Performed by Children at the recital
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Surprisingly well done. I was a bit skeptical at first . . .
1 March 2014 | by charles000See all my reviews

Surprisingly well done. I was a bit skeptical at first, but as I traveled my way through this story, it made more sense than many other attempts to capture this concept and present it well. Michelle Williams really shines here, it may be her best role yet, at least that I'm aware of.

The key point here is that is an anatomy of a marriage that has dissolved over time, becoming increasingly irrelevant to the wife, and evermore difficult for the husband to comprehend or connect with what's going on with his wife.

I've seen this before, in real life. Sometimes, marriages just come apart over time, even if they started out with the best of intentions and all the chemistry that can be imagined. It just happens . . . people change over time, and often, not in sync with each other. There's no real "bad guy" in the scenario portrayed . . . just the realities of how people drift apart, to the point of no return. Trust me on this one, this does happen.

This film may not be for everyone, but for those who can relate with this type of story, this is probably one of the best attempts yet which delivers a reasonably realistic depiction of what this can be like.


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