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“Blue Valentine” - {Blu-ray} - (Kaitlin's Review)
Kaitlin King
Studio: Anchor Bay
Release Date:
May 10, 2011
Special Features:

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No marriage is perfect, most are the antithesis of, and far from ever reaching perfection; however, reminders of why you got married in the first place—love, money, pregnancy, gaining a Green Card—often keep you together.*** In Blue Valentine, a Romantic Drama starring Academy Award winner Ryan Gosling [of The Notebook] and Academy Award nominee Michelle Williams [of Shutter Island] Dean [Gosling] and Cindy [Williams] are haunted by memories of forgotten bliss from their decade old courtship.***

Stuck in a marriage lacking sex, excitement and love, the couple fights almost constantly, but attempt to maintain a happy façade around their 9-year-old daughter Frankie. Longing for Cindy to want him, Dean is desperate for her affection. You could go so far as to say he loves her too much. His numerous attempts to make love and initiate intimacy go unnoticed or unappreciated.***

Shot as what felt like a peek into the private married life of a typical American couple, I thought I was violating Dean and Cindy’s privacy while watching Blue Valentine. During the intimate scene of their first sexual encounter I had the urge to look away—it was so honest and bittersweet. I knew the scene would soon flash forward back to their present misery, and I did not want to continue to watch their downward spiral—the naivety of their relationship in its infancy was much more pleasant, even though I knew of their imminent unhappiness.***

Special Features:

Feature Commentary with Director Derek Cianfrance and Co-Editor Jim Helton; Deleted Scenes; The Making of Blue Valentine; “Frankie and the Unicorn” [Home Movie].

Final Words:

Even though the story is depressing and gives me reason to never start a serious relationship, it is romantic, deep, sentimental and heartbreaking—and so worth watching; although, the shaky camera operation during action scenes—such as running and a spinning hotel bed— did make me slightly nauseated. I was constantly hoping Cindy would finally return Dean’s feelings, and was very taken aback by the plot twist involving their daughter. I will probably never watch this saddening tale again, but I’m glad I was able to take part in this unstable marriage, steal a glance into their love story, and know they were once happy—at least for a brief period of time.***


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