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Also known as the most miserable film ever. This adaptation of Richard Yates’ 1961 novel stars Kate and Leo in possibly an even more tragic scenario than their first on-screen duet. A tale of two young once-lovers with talent and big dreams whose small-town life suffocates them.
“But I don’t [love you]” says Kate with a smile on her face, “you were just some boy who made me laugh at a party once and now I loathe the sight of you.”
Kicking and screaming ensues, along with “You are an empty, hollow shell of a woman.” This fight is high quality; it was written by one of the greatest writers of the 20th century after all.
Director Derek Cianfrance spent 12 years writing the script for Blue Valentine, loosely based on his parents’ divorce. With impeccable performances by Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling, the fight scenes in this very, very sad film aren’t satisfying, they’re painful.
The story is split into two time periods, the past – where the pair meet and fall madly in love, and the present – a relationship running on resentment and disappointment. There are any number of devastating scenes in this film, so this is practically picked at random. It is a beautiful film, but watch at your relationship peril.
Asparagus is the real victim here. But Kevin Spacey’s retort: “Your mother seems to prefer that I go through life like a fucking prisoner while she keeps my dick in a Mason jar under the sink” is also pertinent.
Kill Bill Volume: II - SPOILER!
A non-verbal reasoning. Uma Thurman (The Bride) finally gets her revenge and kills Bill – once the love of her life. After some horseplay sword fighting, Uma executes the canny five point palm exploding technique – a fatal series of pokes which doesn’t take effect until the victim has stood up and walked a certain number of steps, at which point their heart explodes. It’s a literal heartbreak. And really quite moving, in the end.
Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Remember that weird film where everyone’s in love with Javier Bardem? “You spoiled little shit” cries a stunningly dishevelled Penelope Cruz in Spanish as Cristina (Scarlett Johansson) breaks up with both of them. There may be a language barrier, but the language of heartbreak is loud and clear.