Open heart surgery
So how is to wait 12 years to make your film? How do you make it look real and alive as if it breaths? How do you prepare a scene telling one of your actors to leave all the dialogue aside and not to speak at all while the other knows he has to do all it’s possible to get an answer? How does love appear so pure and surreal as it hits you from nowhere and then time and life creates a gap that makes us strangers. How can you still love one another but can’t stand to share your space anymore?
How you let your actors improvise and change 50% of your script’ lines so their relationship seems real? How do you create a love story that is pure raw emotion while avoiding to be corny or overly dramatic? How do you balance so well the magic at the beginning while showing a deep dark hole? How do you build a film that seems to be a open heart surgery? How you destroy something that’s unique and transform it in mundane ordinary chaos? How come everything you loved at first is so unbearable now?
Why so many questions…”Blue Valentine” won’t get you an answer at the end. You don’t need one. Just go and see “Blue Valentine“. Not because it was nominated for the Golden Globes but for incredible performances delivered by Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams and for a story with a complete perspective. Just because there’s nothing like “Blue Valentine”.
Thanks BAM for the preview screening and the interesting Q&A with director Derek Cianfrance that followed.