A stunningly acted drama from first time writer/director Derek Cianfrance, starring Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling as a married couple teetering on the brink after a few years together.
Told partly in flashbacks the film moves between a final weekend the couple spend in a motel which brings the couple's relationship to a head, and the time years earlier when their relationship began, allowing for the contrasts in their feelings towards each other to be clear to the audience.
Williams and Gosling create one of the most emotionally believable relationships I think I've seen in a long time, improvising many scenes and creating real people, not mere characters, in their work. Williams deserved her Best Actress Oscar nomination for the role and she's just one of my favourite actresses out there just now.
It's not a happy film, it won't make you feel good, and as such maybe not for everybody, but if you are in the mood for a small film of this type, then it will offer a compelling and emotionally draining look at two people who just can't be together anymore.