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The Place Beyond the Pines

placebeyondthepinesIn Blue Valentine (2010), director Derek Cianfrance explored a marriage over several years. This time, his story evolves over 15 years as we first follow a man (Ryan Gosling) who becomes a bank robber, then a cop (Bradley Cooper) who takes a bullet in the line of duty, and eventually both men’s teenage sons as the past comes back to haunt the present. The drama is on a personal level, but as the title indicates, the filmmakers also take a wider scope and portray the politics of Schenectady, New York in very cynical ways. Completely engrossing two-thirds of the story, but the last part has its points as well. Maintains its atmosphere throughout; great cast.

2013-U.S. 140 min. Color. Widescreen.Ā Produced byĀ Lynette Howell, Sidney Kimmel, Alex Orlovsky, Jamie Patricof.Ā Directed byĀ Derek Cianfrance.Ā Screenplay:Ā Derek Cianfrance, Ben Coccio, Darius Marder.Ā Cast:Ā Ryan Gosling (Luke Glanton), Bradley Cooper (Avery Cross), Eva Mendes (Romina), Ray Liotta,Ā Rose Byrne, Bruce Greenwood…Ā Dane DeHaan, Ben Mendelsohn, Mahershala Ali.

Last word: “Itā€™s a movie about what we pass on. I started writing it in 2007 right before my second son was born. I was thinking about what kind of father I was going to become again, and I was thinking about this feeling Iā€™ve had inside me my whole life. There’s this fire inside me that had helped me do many things in my life, but that also was very destructive. And I started thinking that my father ā€“ and my grandfather ā€“ had that fire and then wondering how far back it went and where it started.” (Cianfrance, Movieline)

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