Written and Directed by Derek Cianfrance
By Josh Perrault
Derek Cianfrance’s “Blue Valentine” is a film about a married couple, Dean Pereira (Ryan Gosling) and Cynthia “Cindy” Heller (Michelle Williams), as they shift back and forth in time between their dating years and their fading marriage years. Dean and Cindy meet fairly early in their lives. Dean, a high school dropout is working for a moving company, while Cindy is a college student studying nursing. They first meet while Dean is moving a man into his room at a home for the elderly, where Cindy’s grandmother also lives. Though Cindy is dating her boyfriend from high school, Bobby (Mike Vogel), as she gets to know Dean they find a mutual attraction between them. Years later Dean and Cindy are married and have a daughter named Frankie (Faith Wladkya), but their happiness has seemed to diminish. While on a weekend trip to a hotel together, Dean and Cindy realizes no matter how hard they try, the magic they once had in their relationship isn’t coming back. The film received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress – Michelle Williams.