Two Days in Paris
Review by Jack Foley
THE last time Julie Delpy found romance in Paris, she also earned an Oscar nomination for co-writing the script for Before Sunrise along with Richard Linklater and Ethan Hawke.
She could well repeat the trick for Two Days In Paris, a quirky, funny, emotionally honest and sometimes rude exploration of what it takes to keep a relationship going.
Delpy not only writes and stars this time but also directs, edits, scores and produces in what has to rate as a tour-de-force for the talented individual.
The film picks up as Marion (Delpy) and Jack (Adam Goldberg) arrive in the French capital after a semi-successful trip to Venice, painfully aware that the spark has gone from their relationship.
Over the ensuing two days, they attempt to sort out their feelings for each other in between hanging out with Marion’s challenging parents (Albert Delpy and Marie Pillet) and fending off the unwanted advances of her numerous ex-boyfriends.
Two Days In Paris works on numerous levels thanks to Delpy’s witty, insightful script and the obvious chemistry between the two leads.
Goldberg, in particular, rises to the challenge of a rare leading role to create an all-too human character. His Jack is an uptight, neurotic New Yorker who constantly emerges as his own worst enemy – yet for all his flaws, he’s still worth rooting for in spite of his insecurities.
Delpy, too, gives Marion plenty of emotional layering, injecting her with a witty, sometimes vulgar tongue, and a fiery sensibility. She’s just as likely to argue the toss with Jack over sexual politics as she is to pick a fight with an arrogant taxi driver over global politics.
But her wry observations are likely to provide plenty to discuss afterwards for anyone attempting to navigate their own relationship.
Strong, too, are the use of locations and supporting players – most notably, Marion’s obnoxious parents (played by Delpy’s own ma and pa) who, thanks to their near-constant interference, ensure that Jack has his work cut out to salvage his relationship.
Two Days In Paris may follow a similarly talky format to the Before Sunrise and Sunset movies but that shouldn’t deter people from seeing it – these are very different films.
Rather, audiences should revel in the rich nuances of this thoughtful journey, which mixes humour and drama to such deeply engrossing effect.
Running time: 96mins
DVD Release Date: December 26, 2007