Bluer than blue Valentine

Somerset Maugham began his novel The Razor’s Edge by remarking that “death ends all things and so is the comprehensive conclusion of a story, but marriage finishes it very properly and the sophisticated are ill-advised to sneer at what is by convention termed a happy ending”.

Blue Valentine adopts that now venerable form advocated by Jean-Luc Godard, another commentator on crumbling relationships, when he said a film should have a beginning, a middle and an end, but not necessarily in that order.

Read the full review of Philip French for The Observer here.

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