Director: Derek Cianfrance
Writers: Derek Cianfrance, Cami Delavigne, and Joey Curtis
I think the marketing of this movie was fairly misleading and sets up an expectation for a movie that I didn’t really see. That isn’t to say I didn’t enjoy it but looking at the poster with the tagline “A Love Story” and seeing the trailer that is made up almost entirely of the past portion of the story that makes up less than half the movie it seems like the Weinsteins knew they had a tough movie on their hands.
The movie itself is very rough and tough emotionally. The acting turned in by the two leads is very raw and I appreciate the dedication. I can’t imagine shooting some of those scenes. I was a little surprised at the structure of the film. For the most part we see the falling apart of the marriage and occasionally we flash back to see the happier times. The film is mostly the couple bickering and fighting and picking at each other. They know it is all over and what we are seeing are the last ditch attempts at reconciliation.
I appreciate the intensity of the movie from the acting and directing but I can’t say I really connected with it. Maybe it is my age. At 25 I haven’t had a child or gone through a divorce. But still I think it is a well made movie, maybe trying a little to hard to be edgy, but worth seeing for the performances.