To be sure, anyone looking for porn here will be disappointed: Blue Valentines stars only partially disrobe, and though their couplings are frank, theyre not explicit or gratuitous. In keeping with the rest of Cianfrances picture, Blue Valentines sex is both unimaginatively blunt and frustratingly obscured. The story of how a couple travels from too-cute introduction to irreconcilable differences in just more than half a decade, this divorce movie begins with a childs scream. Frankie, the kindergarten-age daughter of Dean (Ryan Gosling) and Cindy (Michelle Williams), discovers her dog is missing while mom and dad are still asleep (she in bed, he slumped in last nights clothes in the living room). When Cindy later comes across the dogs corpse along the side of the road, the parents decide to ship Frankie to her granddads house for the night so they can bury the family pet and figure out how to break the news to their kid. With a rare night off from parenthood, Dean decides the time is right to cash in a gift certificate for a future-themed room at a pleasure hotel. Cmon, lets get drunk and make love, husband coaxes reluctant wife, then unsubtly announces the evenings make-or-break potential for their marriage. Pack your bags, babewere going to the future.
March 4-10, 2011