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TheGameEffect | Blue Valentine Review

TGE:
There is a pantheon of relationship-based films in which every character is truly and deeply dislikeable. Films like Mike Nichol’s Closer or Todd Field’s Little Children; movies that explore the ugliness of human relationships, hoping to transcend them, but that just as often fall victim to their unsympathetic characters. At first glance, Blue Valentine could be easily classed among this type of film: a realist (even neo-realist) take on a flailing contemporary relationship. Blue Valentine, however, saves itself from tedium and self-indulgence with one simple, narrative stroke: By giving us, the audience, a glimpse of the happy-go-lucky, well-intentioned origins of its characters’ relationship.

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