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4.0 out of 5 stars A touching contemporary look at the modern breakup/meltdown of a marriage, June 3, 2011
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Blue Valentine is the painful, gut wrenching look at the modern meltdown of a marriage. The movie shows us in small clips what is currently happening , and how the two characters got to where they are. You essentially get both stories at once and it unfolds in a unsuprising yet striking way. There is some excellent acting by both Williams, and Gosling, especially the latter. The movie tells of how two young people fell in love, and came to be married, and are now parents. However, it's painfully obvious from the start that they are in two different places in their lives and have not grown together. One is independent, and one is painfully co-dependent. The abuse, and pain are reminiscent of the true downturn of so many marriages, and it's an almost documentary of the slow, cruel, unraveling of a marriage and the inside of what it looks like- from a night spent trying to reconnect, to a fight in an office, crying, insults, rage, and all of the turmoil and emotions that can brew as the end of something unfolds. There is nudity, and bad language, and some violence- obviously check the rating on it. If you don't like indie type movies with an honest, raw edge then you may not like this. If you like feel good movies then you won't like this. But, if you don't mind the look at the sometimes nastier, troubling parts of life then you may atleast be able to appreciate this movie. I really liked it. Not because I like to see people in turmoil but because I think it's really honest, and true and shows the parts that a lot of people like to skip when we use the word divorce. It's painful, but there is some human element to it, and great acting. It's filmed in a unique way, and you are torn as a viewer. I root for the younger couple falling in love, but I mourn for the couple they become and long for them to be apart, or to find their freedom away from each other. I've never been divorced but I lived through my parents tumultuous relationship until they divorced when I was 5. I have been in relationships that suffocated me, and ultimately ended. It's the hope of course that anyone struggling in a marriage would find a way to salvage it, but this is a true look at why some simple cannot be salvaged.
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