The first time I saw this, I only liked it but on a second viewing, something happened. It hit me with this incredible amount of emotion and I didn’t realise how much power it possesses with such a simplistic and formulaic structure. It’s easily one of the most raw and honest portrayals of life that I’ve ever seen coupled with two quite extreme performances from the highly talented Ryan Gosling, and also from Shareeka Epps. Arguably Gosling’s greatest performance to date and I honestly think he should have grabbed the Academy Award that he was only nominated for. A new favourite, something that will stay with me for a long, long time. Extraordinary film.