Margaret Lyons
December 22, 2010 AT 03:10 PM EST

Blue Valentine, The Weinstein Company’s sober romantic drama that initially received an NC-17 rating, will be released in New York and Los Angeles on Wednesday, Dec. 29 — two days earlier than planned — and then expand to 10 markets on January 7. TWC confirmed the move, first reported by Deadline. Even with the two-day jump on the weekend, this still marks nearly a year since Valentine made a splash at Sundance.

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