Blue Valentine 2010

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(93) IMDb 7.4/10
Available in HD

Dean and Cindy meet when they're in their late teens but she's dating Bobby, however, as she gets to know Dean better they are attracted to each other. Years later they're married with a daughter but the shine has gone off their marriage. They go away for a weekend but they soon realise the magic has gone.

Starring:
Ryan Gosling, Michelle Williams
Runtime:
1 hour 47 minutes

Available in HD on supported devices

Blue Valentine

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Romance
Director Derek Cianfrance
Starring Ryan Gosling, Michelle Williams
Supporting actors Faith Wladyka
Studio Studiocanal
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful By L. Macleod on 19 May 2011
Format: DVD
This is an emotionally engaging film study of two characters who have both suffered some childhood trauma and fall in love. The male has had maternal abandonement and it has left him seeking love and family - he is an 'unfinished' person, with a massively kind and loving heart but an inability to connect to his identity and build on it within a relationship. He is needy, emotionally fragile, and in his need for love he leaves himself wide open to a kind of emotional abuse that invariably he sets up in his behaviour. A child within a man. The girl has a bully of a father and it seems she has been quite promiscuous - not able to emotionally engage with men until she meets the young man who decides to marry her and accept her pregnancy. She is very intelligent and her choices are not often with her whole heart - she loves the young man but not enough because she is also not a complete person; she has too many conditions in her love and the young man is unable to live up to them or able to achieve his own potential. The story unfolds and is dramatic and deeply sad. Their young love was full of promise but the film shows that often love is not enough - human beings carry burdens and trauma from breakdowns in family relationships and this can effect their ability to build loving adult relationships later. Blue Valentine is an incredible film - it leaves you to do a lot of work and yet provides all the beautiful imagery and superb acting to see a marvellous human story unfold.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Ms. C. M. Barnard on 10 Jan 2012
Format: DVD
Absolutely mesmerising, incredibly heartbreaking, and strangely haunting. This film stayed with me for days. I think what puts people off this film is its resistance to resolution, and its unsettlingly real performances. Gosling and Williams manage to incite feelings of discomfort in the audience similar to watching a fight between a married couple at a dinner party. Love and hate go hand in hand here, as do overwhelming lust and intense emptiness. Perhaps this is what scares the reviewers who give one stars - that this film examines love and its inability to remain constant against its biggest enemy: time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Emma W TOP 500 REVIEWER on 26 Jan 2013
Format: Blu-ray
This film is about a bickering couple whose marriage is disintegrating, juxtaposed with their younger selves at the very start of their relationship six years earlier. It is a wonderfully acted film which feels more like a fly on the wall type thing than a Hollywood movie, some parts are almost uncomfortable to watch and immediately after watching, it felt pretty depressing. However, it is one of those films that stays with you, which to me is a mark of a really good film. Oh, and despite the title, definitely not one to watch on Valentine's day.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By F. L. P. Souza on 13 Mar 2012
Format: DVD
This film is unusual in its realistic depiction of a couple slowly falling out of love. It is very touching and feels very real, as if you were not watching actors on a screen, but rather eavesdropping on a real couple... The kind of feeling you often get watching European films, but seldom do you see this in a Hollywood production.

Gosling and Williams are great as the two main characters, and so is their little girl: it's hard to believe that kid is not actually their daughter in real life, she is such a natural in every scene!

Warning: this is not an "entertaining" picture, of the popcorn variety, nor is it something to watch on Valentine's day with your significant other... It is depressing to watch and will leave you thinking about it for days. Thank the great performances and the brilliant directing for that.

I do recommend it as a sort of "bad-tasting medicine": you don't enjoy watching it, at times, but you can't turn away from it; and it helps you reflect and understand some of your own issues, as you see the characters struggling with their relationship. This is a film you can learn from, and use for your own growth and development.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Caitlyn on 19 Feb 2012
Format: DVD
This is one of the best films I have ever seen. It is a quiet, subtle movie and left me absolutely heartbroken by the end. It is a very truthful story of how people fall in and out of love. Here there are no big gestures, no happy ever afters - this film is about how day to day life often gets in the way. This is the kind of film that will get under your skin and be with you for days afterwards.

It is shot beautifully with a warm happy glow in the before shots & a cold sharp blue, metallic feel for the current day scenes. The Acting is second to none. I read that before shooting the second part of the film, they lived together in a small 1 bed apartment for a couple of weeks to feel that claustrophobic, frustration that these characters find themselves in. And the extra effort in doing that shows 100% on film. It is stunning.

This isn't a cosy romantic date night movie. It is an insight into a breakdown of a relationship. The entire movie is uncomfortable and at times brutal to watch - which is what makes it so brilliant.

An emotionally draining, beautiful film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By pshiks2010 on 22 Jan 2012
Format: DVD
Loved the movie. 1 & 2 bits were confusing to me however the plot of the movie and the story were great. If your having issues in your relationship as you watch this, it will make you think hard ( it did with me anyway ). Loved the quote in the movie ' How can you trust your feelings when they can just .... disappear like that'. Won't give to much away - Go and watch it!
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