How did I get it? part of a prize package from Gay Times
The Imitation Game and Rush, this is the final 'true story' film in this little collection I won from Gay Times. This isn't a story of famous people though. This is the story of Dean and Cindy, a married couple living in rural Pennsylvania. The film flits between the present and the current state of their marriage, and the past - how they met, fell in love, the early years of their daughter, Frankie (4 in the present time).
It's not a comedy.
The film features extraordinary performances from Ryan Gosling as Dean and Michelle Williams (Oscar-nominated as Cindy). Parts of the film are improvised and the lack of background and dramatic music add to the realism. It's saucy too - controversially rated as 15 when it's got some right rude bits going on.
The film has sub-texts about ambition and expectations. Dean is quite happy with he life - his job, his family. Cindy wants more and is critical of his lack of ambition - but why does achieving happiness count as a lack of ambition? This is the saddest part. Dean may drink more than he should but he's not violent - that is carefully explained - and he is loyal. He's an average family man, but sometimes that's not enough.