BLUE VALENTINE
2010, The Weinstein Company, 112 min, Dir: Derek Cianfrance

Director Derek Cianfrance worked for nearly a decade to bring this emotionally devastating drama to the screen. Dean (Ryan Gosling) and Cindy (Michelle Williams) are a working-class couple in Pennsylvania whose marriage, despite the presence of a young daughter both love, is on its last legs. Flashbacks to their troubled home lives and whirlwind romance offer clues to the pair’s incompatibility, but the lead performances are so affecting that you ache for them to work it out (Williams earned a Best Actress Oscar nomination). Music by Grizzly Bear. “A meaty, strongly realized dramatic work of considerable accomplishment.” – Todd McCarthy, Variety.


THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES
2013, Focus Features, 141 min, USA, Dir: Derek Cianfrance

When motorcycle stunt rider Luke (Ryan Gosling) discovers he’s become a father, he looks for a more lucrative line of work than the carnival circuit - and finds it in bank robbery. His crimes provide officer Avery Cross (Bradley Cooper) with the opportunity to rise above a corruption-riddled police force - but Cross has a son as well, and the two boys forge a fateful connection. Eva Mendes and Ray Liotta costar in this ambitious multi-generational crime drama. “A sprawling, engaging study in fathers, sons and sins.” - Mary Pols, Time Magazine


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