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2 Days in Paris

Julie Delpy

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[image-4]Published February 07, 2008.
2 Days in Paris
Directed by: Julie Delpy
(20th Century Fox)
Jack (Adam Goldberg) and Marion (Julie Delpy) have been together two years. On their way back to New York from a Venice getaway, they stop in Paris to visit Marion’s parents and pick up their cat. Since deep down, nobody (except my grandma) wants to watch a movie about a happy, romantic vacation, in 2 Days in Paris, Delpy’s feature-length directorial debut, we see Jack and Marion’s unhappy moments and the character flaws causing them---Jack’s jealousy, and Marion’s tendency to bend the truth and get into public confrontations with cab drivers and ex-lovers. Does being in Paris put extra strain on the couple, or is their relationship already broken? Moreover, do we care? (Answer: kinda.) The wacky pratfalls that inevitably befall fish-out-of-water Jack are mercifully toned down---the scene where he’s mistaken for a purse-snatcher is a notable exception---and both characters are mostly likeable. The film is talky and character-driven (Delpy’s a three-time Richard Linklater collaborator, so that’s to be expected) but its chatter is adequately interesting and Delpy’s crafted some beautiful lines. Describing how break-ups work, Marion muses, “then we’ll slowly think of each other less and less, until we forget each other completely---almost.”
Lindsay McCarney

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