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Old 02-03-2011, 11:06 PM
I didn't find any similarities in the structure either. (500) Days of Summer set out to track what went wrong down the line. It is very clear about every detail, every beat, every important moment of development in these two characters' relationships. What's so great about Blue Valentine is that it doesn't take place over 500 days. It takes place over 3, maybe 4 days: The couple of days when they met, a brief glimpse of their marriage ceremony, and the day they break up. It doesn't show us a single thing that happened over the course of the 6 years in between. All we know is that something changed in that time, and what was once is no more. It felt completely different than (500) Days of Summer in pretty much every aspect.
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