, a nearly two-hour portrait of a relationship's beginning and end. Cianfrance has an uncanny gift for realizing and capturing the unvarnished slivers of everyday life, and in Gosling and Williams he has two performers who possess the subtle intelligence and controlled bravery to realize these two characters as utterly fallible human beings. Cindy and Dean met six years previously when she was dating wannabe alpha-male Bobby (Mike Vogel), living at home with an overbearing father (John Doman), and considering going to medical school. He was a high school dropout living in Brooklyn and working for a moving company when he happened to come across her at the small-town Pennsylvania nursing home where his grandmother lived. In the movie's present, they're married and have a roughly 5-year-old daughter named Frankie (Faith Wladyka), Cindy works as a nurse for a local doctor in that same rural Pennsylvania hometown, and Dean paints houses. Cianfrance cuts between a day or so in the life of Cindy and Dean today, a time period during which all their relationship's problems come to a head, and their head-over-heels courtship six years earlier. The strategy is meant to contrast love at its beginning and end, but all this juxtaposition illuminates is the blunt given that people grow and change over time, and not always at the same pace or in the same directions.