2 Days In Paris
Julie Delpy has co-written
two of my favorite films: Before Sunrise and its sequel Before
Sunset, which Delpy created with director Richard Linklater and co-star
Ethan Hawke. Those films were cinematic feasts made up of sumptuous dialogue and
insightful character studies.
2 Days In Paris is
Delpy's first chance to helm her own film completely: she wrote it, she
stars in it, she directs it, she even performed much of the film's music.
Because of my fondness for Delpy's previous work, I did have high hopes for
this film -- and yet I also had a bit of concern; what if it turns out that
her talents were massaged by the work of Linklater and Hawke?
I shouldn't have worried.
While not as good as those films, 2 Days In Paris is still pretty
terrific. (Actually, ironically, Hawke has released a significantly
lesser film hot on this one's heels with The Hottest State -- also as
writer, director and co-star, so maybe Delpy and Linklater were propping him
2 Days In Paris
is much more blatantly comedic than the Before
Sunrise films (though they too were very funny in their own, quieter ways).
It is also more subtly subversive in certain ways. The earlier films
were about the moment when people are discovering love like a flower
This is more about the very moment when they start to recognize the bloom is
off of the rose.
The movie looks at a couple
in their thirties. Marion (Delpy) is a Parisian photographer.
Jack (a rare and well-deserved starring role by the always interesting Adam
Goldberg) is a New
Yorker. After a disappointing vacation in Venice, they stop in the
city of Lights to spend a couple of days with her parents before returning
This leads to a culture
clash where the smart, insecure, hypochondriac from the States with a huge
fear of change is immersed in the more carefree lifestyles of her eccentric
family. (Goldberg is one of Delpy's exes and has an easy, comfortable,
familiar rapport with her.) The couple is already on each others'
nerves when a sudden influx of meddling parents (played by Delpy's own actor
parents -- Albert Delpy and Marie Pillet), old boyfriends, odd foods and
strange quarters places more and more pressure on their already
Delpy has a deep
understanding and love of both the Parisian and American points of view
towards life and has fun
poking at both sides. One of the meanest but funniest jokes is
reserved for an American tour group which stumbles through the new city with
Bush/Cheney t-shirts and DaVinci Code tour maps and no more
appreciation of where they are than if they are visiting Cleveland.
Delpy also has a keen eye
for the way a person's surroundings can change them. Back in her home
turf, Marion acts much different than Jack has ever seen her to be -- simply
because she is no longer Marion the artist or the business woman, she is now
Marion the daughter and ex-girlfriend. Jack, on the other hand, is
always feeling like an outsider to the point that it becomes a bit of a
2 Days In Paris
isn't a perfect film, but it is an impressive debut for Delpy. I look
forward to seeing what is coming next from her.
Jay S. Jacobs
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Posted: August 26, 2007.