Blue Valentine (2010)

Feature Film | Romantic Drama | USA | English | 1h52m
Dir: Derek Cianfrance | Scr: Derek Cianfrance, Joey Curtis, & Cami Delavigne | Ph: Andrij Parekh | Prod: Lynette Howell, Alex Orlovsky, & Jamie Patricof | Mus: Grizzly Bear | Ed: Jim Helton & Ron Patane | PD: Inbal Weinberg | Cast: Ryan Gosling, Michelle Williams, Faith Wladyka, John Doman, Mike Vogel, Marshall Johnson, Jen Jones

Two intertwining narratives detail the birth and death of a marriage, in Cianfrance’s achingly sad relationship drama. Gosling and Williams excel as the warring/courting couple, with Cianfrance’s unfussy direction and Parekh’s eye-catching photography also proving noteworthy. The fractured narrative, designed for maximum emotional impact, also adds greatly to the overall effect. Tremendously moving.