“Blue Valentine” – Anatomy of an Unraveling Marriage

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Blue Valentine (Anchor Bay)

Michelle Williams, passed over at Oscar nomination for Wendy and Lucy last year, finally got her deserving nomination for Best Actress for her emotionally naked performance in Blue Valentine, opposite an equally intense and committed Ryan Gosling as young marrieds in an unraveling relationship.

Director Derek Cianfrance, who extensively used improvisations to create a spontaneity, intercuts his anatomy of the end of a marriage with flashbacks to the excitement and anticipation and hope of the beginning of the relationship, and shoots it all with a handheld camera that, which is more distracting that immediate and “real.” But it does create a crucible for very powerful performances and a convincing relationship in all its contradictions.

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