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Showcase or not, Blue Valentine is powerful

Whether one thinks <em>Blue Valentine</em> is a sincere meditation on thefragility of relationships or an actors’ showcase for Ryan Gosling andMichelle Williams, there’s no doubt it works.

Blue Valentine
Genre: Drama
Director: Derek Cianfrance
Stars: Ryan Gosling, Michelle Williams, John Doman
***1/2


Whether one thinks Blue Valentine is a sincere meditation on the fragility of relationships or an actors’ showcase for Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams, there’s no doubt it works: juxtaposing the (possible) end of a marriage with halcyon scenes of its beginnings, director Derek Cianfrance understands how to hit a nerve. There are flaws (like an overplayed argument in a hospital) but the power of the performances carries the day.