Reviewed: Blue Valentine
An unflinching and heart-wrenchingly honest portrayal of a doomed marriage that’s so captivating it’s hard to look away from, even though you often feel you should. Close-shot camera techniques and an unrelenting intimacy make for an uncomfortable fly on the wall effect, almost as if you’re watching your own friends engage in a fight over dinner. Interspersed with flashbacks to a quirky courtship of young love, we get Gosling and Williams are they are now, struggling with the pressures of working class life and the greater struggle that they may just not be in love anymore. Beautifully composed and masterfully acted, Blue Valentine is an unrelenting and harrowing watch.