By Erin Strecker
March 11, 2013 at 08:29 PM EDT

With Ryan Gosling partnering again with his Blue Valentine director Derek Cianfrance, anyone can guess that the resulting picture wouldn’t exactly be happy-go-lucky. The Place Beyond the Pines spans decades and explores fathers, sons, and the choices we make that influence our whole lives. “I’m attracted to making movies about family,” Cianfrance previously told EW. “Those movies have secrets and intimacy.”

The secrets, along with some doom and gloom, are on full display in three new clips from The Place Beyond the Pines, which also stars Bradley Cooper and Eva Mendes. The first clip shows Luke (Gosling) and Romina (Mendes) meeting at a fair after time apart, and showcases all the awkwardness of running into someone from your past whom you thought you wouldn’t see again.

Their relationship continues in the next clip, when Luke joins Romina at the diner where she works and pleads for the chance to become a larger part of her life after he learns that she gave birth to his son.

Bradley Cooper, for his part, gets in on the depressing action as a cop who has discovered something unseemly about his new co-workers, and tries to do the right thing — but it turns out no one is interested in what he has to say.

The Place Beyond the Pines opens Mar. 29.

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