Julie Delpy directs, at last

 
 

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

says

“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

But I’m a

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, 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

Cinematical describes

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 New York Times,

the performances by Delpy and Goldberg in the “audacious”

film are “so assured and spontaneous that they don’t even seem to be

acting.”

Although Delpy claims she

never thought

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

Village Voice

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

Reelviews opinion,

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.

Rotten Tomatoes

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:

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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

shun gyms

and “doesn’t give a damn

about

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?

 
 

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