Rating: 8.0/10 ()
Director: Derek Cianfrance
Runtime: USA: 112 min
Release Date: 27 December 2010 (Australia) See more »
Taglines: Nobody Baby But You And Me. See more »
Writers: Derek Cianfrance, Cami Delavigne, and 1 more credit »
The film centers on a contemporary married couple, charting their evolution over a span of years by cross-cutting between time periods.
Ryan Gosling - Dean
Michelle Williams - Cindy
Faith Wladyka - Frankie
John Doman - Jerry
Mike Vogel - Bobby
Marshall Johnson - Marshall
Jen Jones - Gramma
Maryann Plunkett - Glenda
James Benatti - Jamie
Barbara Troy - Jo
Carey Westbrook - Charley
Ben Shenkman - Dr. Feinberg
Eileen Rosen - Mimi
Enid Graham - Professor
Ashley Gurnari - Checker
Filming Locations: Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
"At The Drop of the Day" Composed by Matt Sweeney, Peter Raeburn and Nick Foster Performed by Matt Sweeney, Peter Raeburn and Nick Foster Courtesy of Soundtree Music Limited
Official Site(s): Official site |
The film was originally set to shoot in spring of 2008, but was delayed due to Heath Ledger's death. The producers and director delayed the film out of respect for Michelle Williams, Ledger's ex-girlfriend and mother of his daughter Matilda, rather than going ahead and shooting the film with another actress in Michelle's role.
A Slow Dissolve , rated: 7/10
Greetings again from the darkness. OK, so I was extremely surprised to be the only male in a theater with 30 plus viewers. I had not once previously thought of this as a chick flick. In fact, it is quite a weighty relationship expose' and that explains the lack of present men. What is surprising is that while the film is about the ever-so-slow crumbling of a marriage, there is no blame placed at the feet of any one person, as is so often the case in Hollywood.
You might have already guessed that this is no upbeat, loosie-goosie rom-com. Rather, it is a bleak look at a marriage that starts with good intentions and fades into misery. On the plus, we witness an acting clinic by two of today's absolute best ... Ryan Gosling as Dean and Michelle Williams as Cindy. Dean is quite the oddball romantic as he strums his ukulele and quivers "You Always Hurt the Ones You Love" in a bit of foreshadowing. Cindy, on the other hand, is a bit more ambitious and has dreams of medical school.
The two meet by happenstance in the hallway of a nursing home when Cindy is visiting her grandmother. Immediately, there are sparks and after Cindy's macho boyfriend proves his true rotten self to her, she becomes more enamored with Dean. When an unexpected pregnancy occurs, Dean is pretty quick to stand up for Cindy and they set off to build a life together.
Flash forward 6 years and Dean has changed very little, while Cindy just seems totally beaten down. They both cherish their precious daughter Frankie (played by newcomer Faith Wladyka) but their relationship is nowhere, gone, kaput. Even an attempted one-night getaway to a themed hotel doesn't provide the relief they need. Instead, it's the final straw. When Cindy repeats "I'm done" ... we don't doubt her at all.
Director and co-writer Derek Cianfrance does a tremendous job with the details and creating the personalities of these two people. Every relationship requires work and failure can be predicted when one gives up and the other pretends all is fine. This one probably won't save any marriages, but it is worth seeing just to watch Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams in action.