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Blue Valentine

Drama Romance


 

The film centres on a contemporary married couple, charting their evolution over a span of years by cross-cutting between time periods.

"Blue Valentine" is like stepping through a dream door into the spiral of a failing relationship between a husband and wife; you're drawn into the minutiae of love and frustration. The couple's interactions are intensely scrutinised, almost dissected by the camera, over a period stretching a little more than a day. The experience of watching is both compelling, and at the same time, a little like trying to breathe under water, such is its wrenching emotional grip. Valentines don't come any more blue.

Anne Murphy

Wide Release 26th December 2010
112 mins