BLUE VALEN­TINE (2010) SBS ONE, 9.30PM, DRAMA

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - HIGHLIGHTS -

This in­tense flick charts the toxic re­la­tion­ship be­tween young cou­ple Cindy and Dean (Michelle Wil­liams and Ryan Gosling) over sev­eral years. The story takes place dur­ing one dis­as­trous day in the present, in­ter­spersed with scenes from hap­pier times, in­clud­ing when the cou­ple first met when Dean was shift­ing fur­ni­ture into Cindy’s grand­mother’s nurs­ing home. Af­ter an un­planned preg­nancy and Cindy’s grow­ing frus­tra­tion with Dean’s lack of am­bi­tion, their ro­mance dis­in­te­grates into bick­er­ing and neg­a­tiv­ity. Di­rec­tor Derek Cian­france’s doc­u­men­tary-mak­ing back­ground is ev­i­dent in this in­cred­i­bly in­ti­mate and re­al­is­tic por­trayal of a cou­ple on the brink, but it cer­tainly won’t leave you with a warm feel­ing in­side. ★★★★

Tough love: Michelle Wil­liams and Ryan Gosling in

BlueValen­tine.

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