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Blue Valentine : Endings, Beginnings, and Nothing in Between

By Kai-Arne Zimny

Blue Valen­tine: A Love Sto­ry (2011). That’s what it says on the movie poster. But is this what the movie is real­ly about? A roman­tic, sus­tained, and pro­found life­long bond between two peo­ple? Well, maybe it isn’t.

The present: Dean (Ryan Gosling) is an over­all like­able, easy­go­ing slack­er. His job, paint­ing hous­es, allows him the ‘lux­u­ry’ of drink­ing beer in the morn­ing. He’s not a radi­ant source of bliss but being mar­ried to Cindy (Michelle Williams) and get­ting goofy with their lit­tle daugh­ter Frankie (Faith Wla­dy­ka) is what he calls “his dream.” How­ev­er, Cindy, a nurse, has high­er aspi­ra­tions. To her, Dean’s “dream” is noth­ing but an end­less­ly depress­ing nightmare.

The past: Charm­ing high school dropout Dean works as a fur­ni­ture mover and meets med stu­dent Cindy. To him, it’s love at first sight. To her, it’s so-so. He makes jokes, she laughs; he sings and plays the ukulele, she tap dances to the tunes. Her father hates him, but that’s not an issue because love con­quers all – right?

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