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Review of Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams in Blue Valentine at Sundance 2010

Sundance Snapshot: Blue Valentine

This year's Sundance is well and truly in full swing and over the last few days we've been profiling each of the movies screened at the film fest with our Sundance Snapshots. Well, today we're keeping the ball rolling with a look at Blue Valentine.

  • Who's behind it? Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams play the leading couple under director Derek Cianfrance.
  • What's it about? Gosling and Williams play Dean and Cindy, a married couple who are starting to realise that their fairy tale romance isn't exactly shaping up to the life they imagined. The film shifts back and forth between their current relationship and their initial courtship, giving the audience a side by side look at how different they've become over just a few years.

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  • What did I think? As you can imagine from the description, the movie is one heartbreaking and sad story juxtaposed with a hopeful and sweet one. Gosling and Williams have incredible chemistry in both versions of Dean and Cindy's life; their initial flirtations are tender while their arguments are filled with palpable emotion. Gosling and Williams deftly transform from starstruck young lovers into cynical adults, but make it easy for the audience to root for their relationship even when they are on the brink of divorce.

    The film's beauty lies in its veracity; the most difficult part about watching it is that we've all had our own fair share of difficulties in relationships. It's a story we've all seen before in some capacity, but the film tugs on the heartstrings without leaving a sour taste in your mouth.

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