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Derek Cianfrance’s “The Place beyond the Pines” is an example of unorthodox filmmaking. The film is not a typical Hollywood drama. However, revealing much about the film will just rob moviegoers of the pleasure of watching it. Cianfrance is probably one of America’s most innovative filmmakers. This new film is more ambitious than his 2010 bittersweet romantic drama, “Blue Valentine,” and fans of “Blue Valentine” will not be disappointed.
“The Place beyond the Pines” runs like a post-modern Greek tragedy. The storytelling is quite different and the focus is on the overall story than the individual characters in the film. Despite some obvious clichés in the beginning of the film, viewers should just abandon all expectations and watch as the story unfolds on its own pace.
This film is not for everyone, especially for viewers who are used to simplistic plots that are often the backbone of Hollywood and Filipino commercial films. Then again, Derek Cianfrance is not your usual director. Unlike most commercial films, this movie will actually keep you guessing; luckily, it may rejuvenate the brain cells that have deteriorated from regularly watching dumb movies.