“The girlfriend’s review would go something like this: a depressing story about love that jumps all over the place, making little sense, with piss-poor continuity and the most miserable ending ever told. Probably. But I never made it that far because I need to buy a decent DVD player that doesn’t turn a 100-minute film into an epic by refusing to play the damn thing. Tip: you'll know when the timeline jumps about a bit by the clothes they wear.
Meanwhile, Blue Valentine, a love story overflowing with romantic memories of the courtship between Dean and Cindy, told in past and present as they recall the episodes that brought them together, is one of the most realistic and therefore most depressing films of its genre. It’s also a pretty good reality check for all. Survive this movie together and you’ve made a good choice. Possibly.
Oscar-nominated Michelle Williams (Shutter Island, Brokeback Mountain) and Ryan Gosling (The Notebook, Half Nelson) deliver outstanding performances in an unforgettable portrait of a couple who fall in then out of love. Be warned, there’s no kissing in the rain, and fans of The Notebook (2004) should probably steer clear. Gosling won’t be building you a house this time round, but director Derek Cianfrance has assembled a powerful film, and although hard to watch, it’s also hard to ignore.” DW