Published Aug 15, 2007Julie Delpy has her prints all over this film: she wrote it, directed it, stars in it, edited it, composed the score and sings on a couple of the songs in the soundtrack. This is her baby, but she manages not to get absurdly self-indulgent, although she definitely creeps over the wank line.
Marion (Delpy) has brought her American boyfriend of two years, Jack (Adam Goldberg), home with her to Paris. There, Jack is confronted by multiple ex-boyfriends, Marions bohemian parents, the sexual permissiveness of the continentals and his jealous paranoia. Comparisons to Before Sunrise and Sunset can obviously be made, with all three films predominantly talky relationship movies featuring an American and Delpy wandering European streets. Unfortunately, while Delpy has made a strong directorial debut, her film lacks the coherence of those other two films.
Delpy is a charming, funny writer capable of writing clever, interesting scenes but as whole, the film is flawed. She asks some interesting questions using intriguing dialogue but 2 Days In Paris has trouble maintaining narrative momentum under the weight of so much dialogue. The performances by Adam Goldberg (apparently Delpys ex) and her real-life parents are authentic and compelling. Even the sexually graphic art was created by her father. However, with Delpy guiding so much of the film, its evident it would have been tighter with someone to rein her in. Editing has been compared killing ones children, and it would appear that there were a number of sprogs she was unwilling to part with.
2 Days In Paris is still a solid debut. Its a funny, entertaining, thought provoking examination of how minor misunderstandings can lead to major problems in relationships. (Seville)