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Blue Valentine (2010)

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

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 9 wins & 52 nominations. See more awards »
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Storyline

Dean Pereira and Cindy Heller Pereira are a young, working class married couple - Dean currently working as a painter, and Cindy working as a nurse in a medical clinic - with a young daughter named Frankie. Despite their relatively tender ages, they are both ravaged by the life they've eked out together and by the experiences they've had leading into their marriage. Dean, a high school drop out, comes from a broken home, where he never really had a mother figure. He never saw himself getting married or having a family despite falling in love at first sight with Cindy. He doesn't have any professional ambition beyond his current work - which he enjoys since he feels he can knock off a beer at 8 o'clock in the morning without it affecting his work - although Cindy believes he has so much more potential in life. Cindy also comes from a dysfunctional family, with her own mother and father not setting an example of a harmonious married or family life. One of her previous serious ... Written by Huggo

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A Love Story. See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Rated R on appeal for strong graphic sexual content, language, and a beating | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

28 January 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Triste San Valentín  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$193,728, 2 January 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$9,737,892

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$16,566,240
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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The older appearance of Dean is based on director Derek Cianfrance, who is bearded and has pattern baldness. The clothing of the younger Dean is also based on Cianfrance's style of clothing. See more »

Goofs

All the cars driven by the actors had Pennsylvania license plates on the front. That is inaccurate, since in Pennsylvania you only get one license plate, which goes on the back. See more »

Quotes

Dean: You ever get that feeling?
Marshall: Yeah, like, you've seen her before and you just know her.
Dean: Yeah.
Marshall: It's a feeling. But, actually, you really don't know her.
Dean: I probably... I don't right?
Marshall: That's right.
Dean: It felt like I did, though.
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Soundtracks

Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
Written by Otto A. Harbach (as Otto Harbach) & Jerome Kern
Performed by The Platters
Courtesy of The Island Def Jam Music Group
Under License from Universal-Polygram Intl. Publ. Inc. (ASCAP)
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I could not WAIT to get home to write this review!!
30 January 2011 | by See all my reviews

Four alarm alert!! This movie was sooo awful it was unbearable...I didn't know whether my wife felt the same way, so I didn't ask to leave (we don't speak during movies); AND, we had dinner reservations timed to the end of the movie. So...I sat there. BIG MISTAKE.

The characters were shallow, the dialogue was not funny, clever or nuanced...nothing but dull. It seemed that half the scenes were improvised. I imagine the director saying: "OK folks...here's what's happening in this scene...feel it, and go for it. Ryan you start with this line 'blah blah' and Michelle, you respond like this 'blah.' Then, you both take it from here."

And the endless ENDLESS close-ups...this looked like a film school project slated for 20 minutes that got out of hand. Depressing. And the sex scenes were as sexy as a state of the union speech.

But, if you want to position yourself as kewl, you'll say you loved it. This is the cinematic equivalent of atonal music.


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