I finally went to see Blue Valentine last week after six months of building anticipation, and I have to say it lived up to my every wish. Beautifully filmed and meticulously planned (Derek Cianfrance originally chose Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling for the parts eight years ago). It was filmmaking at its highest degree of purity. So raw and insightful, the film had tears crawling down my cheeks beginning with the first flashback. It's so sorrowful to see something so flawless fall by the wayside; a neglected plant that had been malnourished for too long.
I guess it touched me in more personal way than some. My mother recently went through something similar, and she's still dealing with the weight of consequences. I hate seeing her distraught, and I don't like the position it has put my younger brother and sister in either. This is something no one should have to go through. No deserves that degree of pain...but it's a cause and effect type of situation I suppose.
Anyway, the movie is superb, and the soundtrack is the icing on the cupcake.