I heard about Blue Valentine from the Cannes Film Festival and the photo opportunities that produced some really good shots of the two stars, Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams. The film is basically about their characters’ relationship and the ups and downs. I really like the trailer. The shooting style of the opening scene has a shaky, documentary feel to it. I have a feeling there was some ad libbing by the actors, but it looks like a real interesting, truthful portrayal. With the trailer making its premiere today, there also came news that the MPAA branded this film with a NC-17 rating. From what I have read, that rating is due to one realistic, honest portrayal of sex. I will still be seeing it, but it will probably narrow the reach the film has to general movie-going public. There is a possibility that the filmmakers will just cut that scene to avoid the rating. Official Synopsis:
Blue Valentine is an intimate, shattering portrait of a disintegrating marriage. On the far side of a once-passionate romance, Cindy (Michelle Williams) and Dean (Ryan Gosling) are married with a young daughter. Hoping to save their marriage, they steal away to a theme hotel. We then encounter them years earlier, when they met and fell in love—full of life and hope. Moving fluidly between these two time periods, Blue Valentine unfolds like a cinematic duet whose refrain asks, where did their love go? Framing the film as a mystery whose answer lies scattered in time (and in character), filmmaker Derek Cianfrance constructs an elegant set of dualities: past and present, youth and adulthood, vitality and entropy. The rigor of his process is visible throughout the film. Eliminating artificial devices, he has only the truth of the characters to work with. Because Gosling and Williams bring amazing intensity and emotional honesty to their roles, the experience of connecting to these two souls becomes truly moving.
Blue Valentine is in theatres December 31, 2010.