On Tuesday I saw the excellent Blue Valentine
in the West End. A lot has already been written about Derek Cianfrance’s film and its unconventional structure, which cuts between the beginning and the end of the central love story. I don’t want to go too much into the film right now (perhaps three months later I’ll be able to write about it, like this
) (I don’t want to spoil it for you, yo.), but it did remind me of Godard
‘s famous line: “A story should have a beginning, a middle, and an end… but not necessarily in that order.” The interesting thing about Blue Valentine
is that it doesn’t have a middle. Or, perhaps it does, but we are never shown it and have to figure it out ourselves.