Derek Cianfrance made a name for himself with his improvised marriage drama Blue Valentine
, but he takes a very different approach with his follow-up to that breakthrough film. In The Place Beyond the Pines
, he’s crafted a sweeping three-act story with such skill that, for a good two thirds of it, viewers have the unique pleasure of not knowing what’s coming next even though every step is completely logical.
Ryan Gosling (who was the male lead in Blue Valentine) stars as Luke, a chain-smoking motorcycle stunt driver who works at a traveling carnival riding his bike inside a big steel ball with two other daredevils, whizzing around each oth...