Though the film was released nearly five years ago, the lingering romantic essence of Derek Cianfrance’s “Blue Valentine” remains. Named after a Tom Waits album and boasting a soundtrack by Grizzly Bear, the picture is a realist tale of what happens when you fall in and out of love, featuring terrific performances from Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams.
In this short but apt video from Between Frames, we are given insight to Cianfrance’s use of red and blue throughout the film. Blue may be an obvious choice, but seems less so when you see the surreptitious uses here and there depicting the drifting moods of the characters. The use of red, particularly with respect to children, is abundant and seems to denote happier or angrier moments.
After watching this essay, you’ll certainly want to revisit the 2010 drama. What’s your favorite part of “Blue Valentine”? Notice any colors that we didn’t? Let us know in the comments below!