Double Feature: THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES, 2013, Focus Features, 141 min. Dir. Derek Cianfrance. When motorcycle stunt rider Luke (Ryan Gosling) discovers he has become a father, he looks for a more lucrative line of work and finds it in bank robbery. He is pursued by police officer Avery Cross (Bradley Cooper) - who has a son as well, and the two boys forge a fateful connection.
BLUE VALENTINE, 2010, The Weinstein Company, 112 min. Dir. Derek Cianfrance. Dean (Ryan Gosling) and Cindy (Oscar nominee Michelle Williams) are a working-class couple in Pennsylvania whose marriage, despite the presence of a young daughter they both love, is on its last legs. Flashbacks to their troubled home lives and whirlwind romance offer clues to the pair’s incompatibility, but the lead performances are so affecting that you ache for them to work it out. Discussion between films with director-screenwriter Derek Cianfrance, moderated by Scott Feinberg.