This is a great love story. Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling trained for their roles to portray a couple for years. The director Derek Cianfrance had the two rent an apartment together, buy groceries and live on a small fixed budget to research their roles. The result is raw and real.
I always pull for the under dog and this story is no exception. I also believe that once you find love it doesn't just go away- You can't fall out of love with someone- You can have period of time where things are tough but that is why marriage vows say 'in good times and in bad'.
The film bounces back and forth between 'real' time where the couple have a daughter and have been married for a few years to when their love first blossomed.
The film was shot in 16mm for the flashbacks which gives it a dream like vintage vibe.
Have you seen Blue Valentine?
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