Blue Valentine
First screened in January 2011 / Most recently screened in January 2019
Director: Derek Cianfrance. Cast: Ryan Gosling, Michelle Williams, Mike Vogel, Faith Wladyka, John Doman, Jen Jones, Maryann Plunkett, Ben Shenkman, Eileen Rosen, Carey Westbrook, Marshall Johnson. Screenplay: Derek Cianfrance, Joey Curtis, and Cami Delavigne.

Twitter Capsule: (2011) Two-ply structure finessed for endless, vital nuances in invigoratingly acted, edited, and lensed marital autopsy.

Second Capsule: (2019) Exemplary tale of heartbreak that sees unusually far into specific characters and circumstances. Style just right.

VOR:   More a feat of execution than originality, but as we see often, this genre, storyline, and tone are not easy. I appreciate the approach to reproductive dilemmas.

Photo © 2010 The Weinstein Company/Incentive Filmed Entertainment

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: A–

(in January 2011: A)

Academy Award Nominations:
Best Actress: Michelle Williams

Golden Globe Nominations:
Best Actress (Drama): Michelle Williams
Best Actor (Drama): Ryan Gosling

Other Awards:
Chicago Film Critics Association: Most Promising Filmmaker (Cianfrance)

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