Love is born and dies in "Blue Valentine," one of the saddest and truest movies the Movie Slut has ever seen. Sadder because of the emotional truth infused into every scene. No Hollywood BS here. And the acting is so pitch perfect that you can't believe they're not the real characters. Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling find and lose love in a small Pennsylvania town and though there's nothing out-of-the-ordinary about their lives, the Movie Slut was lost in their story.
She saw this movie on opening day on the Upper-West-Side of Manhattan, and though it wasn't publicized, writer/director Derek Cianfrance stopped by. He said this movie was in the making for 12 years and was a personal goal for him as a child of divorce.
There are no heroes or villains on the screen. Just real people doing the best they can, which often is not good enough.
Cianfrance said he had the Tom Waits song, "Blue Valentine," in mind when he made the film. Listen and you'll understand the raw emotion behind the movie.