|2 Days In Paris
Julie Delpy, Adam Goldberg, Daniel Brühl, Marie Pillet, Albert Delpy, Alexia Landeau, Adan Jodorowsky, Alex Nahon
|Don't worry. "2 Days in Paris" isn't about some fool's blessedly brief affair with an idiotic heiress. Rather, it's a breezy and appealing movie that takes painfully honest, frequently funny stock of the crazily neurotic (but devoted) relationship between French photographer Marion and American interior-designer Jack as they wrap up a stressful European vacation with a brief stay at her parents' home in Paris before returning to New York City. The beautiful actress Julie Delpy does more than simply play leading lady Marion with easy charm and intelligence. In protean fashion, Delpy wrote, directed, and co-edited "2 Days in Paris," and composed the music for the film; it's an impressive feat made all the more remarkable by the high quality of the production, which also stars Adam Goldberg in an amusingly Woody Allen-esque performance as the high-strung Jack. Delpy devised "2 Days..." as a romantic comedy done in cinema verité style, and it has its dark moments. She's not afraid to let Marion and Jack really get on one another's nerves. After all, their love is being tested by his hypochondria and insecurities, her family's flippant attitude towards him, and her heedless flirtations with former paramours who seem to pop up wherever Marion and Jack go. There are echoes of filmmaker Richard Linklater's tender "Before Sunrise" and "Before Sunset," which featured Delpy and Ethan Hawke as two travelers whose brief encounter on a European train trip leads to romance. But "2 Days in Paris" shows us what might happen to even the happiest of couples after the initial blush and rush wear off.