During recent interviews, Julie Delpy has talked openly about the challenges she
faced finding support for her new film 2 Days in Paris, challenges
she relates to — you guessed it — being a
woman in a man’s business. But today, 20 years after she wrote her
first screenplay, Delpy’s perseverance pays off. After successful film
festival screenings, 2 Days hits New York and Los Angeles with a good bit of critical fanfare.
Since I am no longer living in one of the chosen markets, I won’t be able to
see this film just yet, but I know I will as soon as I have the chance. Sure, it
sounds very, very straight (it focuses on a rapidly deteriorating hetero couple, and Delpy herself
“it’s about my empathizing with men”), but hey, some of my best friends are straight.
I’ve been a fan of Delpy since her incredible turn as a lipstick lesbian at the club in
Cheerleader. Wait — I mean since I first met her in Krzysztof
Kieslowski’s Three Colors trilogy (one of which made Scribe’s list of
href="http://www.afterellen.com/blog/scribegrrrl/13-inaction-movies" target="_blank">great inaction movies
inaction movies, along with honorable mentions Before Sunrise and
Before Sunset, both starring Delpy). And since her talents do not seem
to be limited to acting (she wrote, directed, starred in and did the
music for 2 Days), I don’t see my fandom changing anytime soon.
2 Days co-stars Adam Goldberg, Delpy’s real-life
parents Marie Pillet and Albert Delpy, and
Daniel Brühl; in it, neurotic Marion and hypochondriac
Jack try to survive two days with her family in Paris, buffeted
by cultural differences (he’s an American, she’s an expat Frenchwoman)
and ubiquitous exes (all belonging to her and inspiring no mild
jealousy in the current beau).
In an attempt at logical flow, I should post the trailer now, but I
do want folks to go see this movie, and the reviews are ten times more
intriguing to me. (If you must see why now, go ahead and jump to the end.)
Huffington Post‘s Melissa
Silverstein calls the film “a resounding success,” and
2 Days as “charming, hysterical and sometimes gut-wrenching,” and warns
viewers that “if you’re not wiping off tears of laughter and heartache by the
time the end credits roll […] you’re simply not human.” According to
the performances by Delpy and Goldberg in the “audacious”
film are “so assured and spontaneous that they don’t even seem to be
Although Delpy claims she
of Woody Allen while making the film, the comparisons are flooding
in — and not just because of Marion’s glasses.
Delpy’s take on her character is repeatedly described in terms of
Diane Keaton; the
observes that “Delpy invokes the Woody Allen–Diane Keaton
chemistry of the ’70s as consciously as Allen referenced the European art movies
of the ’60s.” And
Slate calls the film
“Before Sunset by way of Annie Hall. And that’s OK.”
Not all of the reviews are glowing;
EW gave it a
B-, praising Delpy’s “funny and diverting improv-y flow” while disliking its
dependence on the “high-concept joke of Goldberg’s testy jealousy over her
past love affairs.” The harshest, perhaps, is the
that the movie “isn’t about much” and “doesn’t offer enough to make it
interesting or even diverting.”
Even still, things are looking good overall.
gives 2 Days a score of 81, and most everyone has at least
something good to say. My only concern stems not from the reviews, but from the trailer:
Anything that starts off with a riff on the old “Do I look fat?” paranoia gives me pause, and the trailer doesn’t exactly make me laugh.
But since the film was made by Delpy — who claims to
and “doesn’t give a damn
fashion” — I’m willing to assume that the joke, and the movie, come
across better when seen as a whole.
Has anyone out there seen it yet? Can you give me hope that all the good reviews are right?