I’am a big fan of romantic movies and I must say that that attracted me to want to see Blue Valentine (BV). Also having Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams as starring characters, I felt intrigued by the combo.
The film has a very intimate feeling, like home video, although I’d say it looks like a reality by the use of the camera, very shaky and recreates the reality with total (well almost) honesty, very light, they don’t over do things, I really liked the cinematography.
Dean Pereira and Cindy Heller Pereira are a young, working class married couple – Dean currently working as a painter, and Cindy working as a nurse in a medical clinic – with a young daughter named Frankie. Despite their relatively tender ages, they are both ravaged by the life they’ve eked out together and by the experiences they’ve had leading into their marriage. Dean, a high school drop out, comes from a broken home, where he never really had a mother figure. He never saw himself getting married or having a family despite falling in love at first sight with Cindy. He doesn’t have any professional ambition beyond his current work – which he enjoys since he feels he can knock off a beer at 8 o’clock in the morning without it affecting his work – although Cindy believes he has so much more potential in life. Cindy also comes from a dysfunctional family, with her own mother and father not setting an example of a harmonious married or family life. One of her previous serious relationships was with Bobby Ontario, that relationship which has a profound affect on many aspects of her marriage to Dean. Dean and Cindy head off on an overnight getaway together without Frankie, the getaway which may provide a clearer picture if their marriage can survive its many issues.
BV is a slow film, you must have lot of patience. I really liked the use of the timeline in the history, they first established, Cindy and Dean’s marriage and then show the scenes of how things went the first time. The most interesting (at least for me it was) is that the narrative is told from the point of view of Dean, there are things that happen in the story that I don’t end up to understand but also confused me about the things get clear for the two characters and that it binds them, things such as Cindy’s nearly abortion, that was a very emotional scene.
Again, the sex scenes, sure thing is that they have nothing to do with the main plot of the story (as usual), I say that cuz I didn’t see it (I skiped that part) and yet I understood the film. The little girl, Frankie, played by Faith Wladyka, is so love ly, made me cry when she goes running after his father, at the end of the movie, wow what a beautiful little thing.
The movie left me with a feeling of frustration, because Dean really wants to save his marriage but is Cindy who’s not willing to fight for it, and that is wrong. While on the other hand it is interesting that the movie has no happy ending, that touch gave to the film quite harshness. It has a very good script, and the performances of both Ryan and Michelle, are Oscar worthy, but is only Michelle who has the nomination, I miss Ryan so bad in the category.