Alex Orlovsky, a Purchase faculty member for five years, and Jamie Patricof, and Lynette Howell produced this bittersweet film starring Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams who were nominated for Golden Globe Awards. The film was recently released nationally by the Weinstein Company.
In addition to Blue Valentine, Alex Orlovsky produced the indie favorite Half Nelson with Ryan Gosling, and three other films that have been selected for the Sundance Festival.
In Blue Valentine Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling play characters who are mismatched from the start—told through flashbacks, the film is a study in the many ways two people can make each other unhappy. From their sweetly tantalizing flirtation years ago, it becomes clear this marriage couldn’t have worked and shouldn’t have been attempted. Kyle Smith of the New York Post calls it a “Bittersweet Symphony.” A O. Scott of the New York Times comments that the film skirts the thin line between love and hate.