EVENTS UNFOLD OVER… The afternoon of one day to dawn the next
WHAT HAPPENS DURING THIS TIME: Paul Thomas Anderson’s masterpiece is narratively dense, telling the (sometimes interconnected) stories of a group of lost and lonely souls in L.A.’s San Fernando Valley.
(APPROXIMATE) TIME THAT PASSES: Hard to say at what time of day the film begins—we’ll say after lunch, around 2 p.m.—but we do know the film ends right around daybreak: 17 HOURS
SEMI-RELEVANT FACTOID: The raining-frogs scene at the end of the movie (a movie, it should be said, that asks us to explore the “stories of coincidence and chance and intersections and strange things”) is based on actual events—as recently as 2009, a city in Japan experienced a sudden downpour of tadpoles.
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