Blue Valentine (2010)
Two of the most talented actors of their generation, Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams, give impressive duelling performances as a young struggling couple in this depressive dissection of a marriage which has lost its spark. There's a lot of arguing, quite a few tears, and the occasional tenderness. To put it short, a 2010 working class version of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?. As directed by young Derek Cianfrance, the film is a strenuous but also riveting experience, because it is told with such conviction and urgency, and because Cianfrance boasts a remarkable attention to realistic and recognizable details, even if the subject matter is as old as the history of human relationships.