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2 Days in Paris

A cross-cultural comedy by Julie Delpy

Clearly a labour of love for writer-director-star Julie Delpy (who also edited and scored the film), this thoroughly charming relationship comedy astutely captures the battle of the sexes and clash of cultures.French photographer Marion (Delpy) lives in New York with her American boyfriend Jack (Goldberg). After a holiday in Venice, they stop off in Paris to visit Marion’s family and friends. But Jack is shocked that they keep running into ex-boyfriends. And with each revelation, he begins to wonder if he really knows her at all. Meanwhile, Marion’s parents (played by Delpy’s real life mother and father) are perhaps a little too friendly and involved, and they don’t speak any English.Delpy demonstrates a terrific light touch reminiscent of Woody Allen at his observational best, hilariously catching the real-life humour in everyday situations. It helps that the humour is character-based, rather than relying on contrived situations, so along the way the extremely pointed wit can target both French and American life and attitudes. Every scene is packed with amusing dialogue, delivered improv-style in a blur of French and English. Delpy and Goldberg continually reveal telling details about their characters (sometimes helped by witty flashbacks or Delpy’s cagey narration). Watching Goldberg squirm about European attitudes to food, nudity, romance, just about everything, is terrific fun. While Delpy maintains a blithely oblivious attitude that’s not remotely as naive as it seems.Delpy packs the film with comical encounters: Marion’s outrageously colourful parents, her grumpy sister, the smirking exes, a fairy godfather activist (Brühl), and a parade of outspoken bigoted cab drivers.Yet amid the hilarity, there’s a stream of truth that catches us off guard, as the film meaningfully questions how we can know each other well enough to decide to be with someone for good. This is a remarkable achievement – how many comedies feel this effortless, and this funny? Rich Cline, Shadows, On The Wall

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Directed by: 
Julie Delpy
Running Time: 
Mostly in English with some French with English subtitles.
Julie Delpy, Adam Goldberg, Daniel Brühl
Screenplay by: 
Julie Delpy

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