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This movie makes my soul hurt.  It's so heartbreaking, and real and honest.  Even real love can evaporate, and this movie captures that painful and destructive realization with amazing fidelity and in a hauntingly beautiful way.  The acting is amazing, I was even really impressed by the performance squeezed out of the little girl who plays their daughter.  A lot of times kids that young aren't able to give organic performances, so I imagine Cianfrance has to get credit for that. 

 

This is one that will stick with me, and easily makes my (now reordered) top 5 of the year.  Now I need to sleep it off.

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This movie is truly great.  More people need to see it.  That means you!

post #3 of 13

Not playing at a theater near me, not On Demand. But I eagerly await it's DVD release.

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I saw Michelle Williams on Fallon the other day, maybe yesterday, and she was promoting this.  I can't wait to see it.  The interview is on Hulu for those interested.

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I saw it a week a go with a couple of friends, one of whom nearly walked out in tears - apparently it bore a startling resemblance to what went down with her post-high-school boyfriend. The performances are pretty amazing.

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This movie will hit home for anyone who has fallen out of love with someone they truly cared about, or had it happen to them.

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Just saw this last night and I loved it! It was a fantastic movie with amazing performances by Williams and Gosling. I hope to see these two at least nominated for an Oscar for their performances. They most certainly deserve it!

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This movie will hit home for anyone who has fallen out of love with someone they truly cared about, or had it happen to them.



Yup. When he asks if she wants him to hit her I nearly lost it. When she gives up and says, "Yeah, go ahead, hit me," and he refuses: then I lost it. Broke down quite a bit during this film, both the good times and the bad brought back a lot of memories. I posted a review of this in the Reviews section that came from a recent blog post of mine. Hope that's OK.

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Definitely on my to do list....
post #10 of 13

Such a beautiful little movie.  Best of the year for me.  So many little moments to cherish.  I love Williams joke.   Kudos to Gosling for showing a character who can show weakness and mean it.  Hopeful for a nom for the 2 leads. 

 

Can't wait to pick up the Blu Ray.  Heard so many stories about the making.  From years in the making, to Ryan and Michelle living together for 4 months, to developing it iver 4 years.  Also Heard Gosling say they never(or very rarely) do more than 1 take.  Far cry from Fincher and his 99 takes.

 

Not sure what the MPAA was thinking with this.  NC17 would have been a crime.  Must see.

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Not sure what the MPAA was thinking with this.  NC17 would have been a crime.  Must see.

 

Yeah, I knew going in there was a non-graphic "oral sex" scene, but I was surprised that there were two:

(SPOILERS?)

One in the past where Gosling is tender and brings Williams to a climax that seems to surprise even her. Perhaps her first real orgasm ever, after all that time with her lunk-headed wrestling beau.

The second, in the present, when they are desperately trying to rekindle their romance in the fantasy suite and Gosling cannot get any response from her (this leads to the "hitting" bit I mentioned earlier). So heartbreaking.

Maybe the MPAA finds sex mixed with real emotions too hard to swallow?

ETA: heh - 69 posts (never mind: you had to be there)

post #12 of 13

Still haven't seen this  (gets here Friday. Bout damn time), but typically, far as the MPAA's concerned: Guy enjoying realistic sex = R. Woman enjoying realistic sex = NC-17. 

post #13 of 13

And yep. I was right. NC-17 was likely because Cindy's having possibly the first real orgasm of her life. And it's not an over the top one. Simply, very intense. And the ratings board will have none of that unless it's played for comedic effect. Also, this might be something I gleaned from This Film Is Not Yet Rated, but I seem to remember some specific number of thrusts you can show in a scene before it's an automatic NC-17. Anywho, it was either that, or the non-graphic but still pretty harrowing abortion scene that got the MPAA's panties ruffled.

 

Oh, yeah, the film. Fucking BRUTAL, if you've ever been in a relationship that had a natural, slow descent into nothingness. Pretty much their entire time in the Future Room was just knives in the stomach for me, every single minute. But god, executed so damn well. Gosling's channeling some strange, secretly-a-pussy DeNiro here that's just endlessly compelling. Williams earns that Oscar nod. And the two of them just riffing off of each other. This is another one of those movies where every shitty relationship those two had ever been in is just simmering on the surface of every second of the later part of the characters, and the honesty there is just hard to witness. Which, of course, makes it brilliant.

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