[[caption-width-right:304:Yeah sure, "[[CoversAlwaysLie A Love Story]]".]]

''Blue Valentine'' is a 2010 independent drama film directed by Derek Cianfrance.

The film is about the doomed marriage of Dean (Creator/RyanGosling), a uneducated man working for a moving company, and Cindy (Creator/MichelleWilliams), a medical student. The film cuts between their early relationship and a weekend several years later, after they are married and presumably near the end of their relationship.

The film features a score composed by the indie rock band Grizzly Bear. Michelle Williams was nominated for a 2011 Best Actress Oscar for her role as Cindy.

!!''Blue Valentine'' has examples of:

* TheAlcoholic: Hinted at with Dean.
* AnachronicOrder: The story is told with scenes switching from their failing marriage to when they first fell in love.
* ContrastMontage: Takes this one to the logical extreme - the entire movie is basically a contrast montage.
* CoversAlwaysLie: The tagline simply says, "A Love Story". [[ExactWords It does not claim to be a *happy* love story, or a story about *lasting* love.]]
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Dean's mother [[MissingMom walked out on him and his father]] when he was a child, while Cindy [[AbusiveParents has an abusive father]].
* DoggedNiceGuy: Dean's the poster child for this trope in the flashbacks.
* DarkReprise: Played with: early in the movie during the present storyline Dean puts on a song that he and Cindy slow dance to shortly after fighting in the hotel room. Later on in a flashback Dean plays it and declares to be their song, this actually makes the earlier scene sadder despite its reprise occurring during a happy scene.
* DeadSparks
* DownerEnding
* ForegoneConclusion: The doomed marriage of Dean and Cindy.
* GoodGirlsAvoidAbortion: Looks like it's going to be averted, but [[spoiler:then played straight at the last possible minute]].
* IdealizedSex: Averted in one of the saddest, most depressing consensual sex scenes of the past decade.
* {{Jerkass}}: Bobby.
** JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Dean, in the present. He can be quite immature but he does genuinely care for Cindy's daughter as if it were his.
*** None of which kept Cindy from [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys getting involved with both of them]].
* ManChild: Dean, to a certain extent.
* ProductPlacement: The script for the movie won a $1 million prize from Chrysler, and the lead characters drive a Chrysler minivan in the final product.
* [[TitledAfterTheSong Titled After the Album]]: by Music/TomWaits.