Comedy Movies, by Mike Richardson, 15 August 2012

Director: Julie Delpy

Stars: Julie Delpy, Chris Rock and Albert Delpy

Country: USA

Runtime: 96 min

Release Date:

Language: English

2 Days in Paris was a French-German romantic drama film written, produced, and directed by Julie Delpy, who edited the film and composed the soundtrack. The first film was an unconventional love story with Marion (played by Delpy herself) a Parisian based in New York with her boyfriend Jack (Adam Goldberg) spending a couple of days in the French capital and trying to salvage their relationship amidst American / French culture clashes (mostly from Marion’s family) and a parade of Marion’s ex-boyfriends.

2 Days in New York

2 Days in New York

The film was very well received by the European critics and won the Coup de Cœur Award from the Mons International Festival of Love Films; and Delpy was nominated for the César Award for Best Writing, the European Film Awards Audience Award for Best Film, and the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Film.
Apres 2 Days in Paris La nouvelle comedie de Julie Delpy.

Five years have passed and Marion has broken up with Jack and lives in New York with their child and new American boyfriend Mingus (Chris Rock, on fine form) and his daughter. This time around it’s her brash and uncouth Gallic family who overrun the couple’s home; Marion’s father (Julie’s own father Albert Delpy), her highly sexed sister Rose (co-writer Alexia Landeau) and a former beau (Alexandre Nahon). As chance would have it just happens to be the week of her upcoming conceptual art photo exhibition, cue more fish-out-of-water comedy and further culture clashes as things pile up, stresses sore and things get more and more volatile.

Delpy is a true original, a filmmaker who refuses to be defined or limited” and claims she, “has made a smart film with an edge to it,” and I for one agree. Between the dark rimmed glasses and the New York location 2 Days in New York is VERY reminisce of classic Woody Allen, and is the sort of film that the 1980s “funny” Allen would have made. Besides being very Woody Allen behind the camera, Delpy is very Diane Keaton in front of it.
Rock more than holds his own amongst the “legitimate” thespians, toning down his usual larger-than-life shtick and delivering a character with depth and personality. He’s still at his best when he’s alone, sharing his problems with a cardboard Barack Obama, which relies heavily on his stand-up skills.

Delpy’s whip smart script shines in the intimate character scenes, highlighting the familiar familial bickering and how a big argument can grow from a tiny off-hand remark. “It’s about the difficulty of relationships but also about the main character’s evolution in general. It’s a very modern story about the complexities of being a woman and not being completely consumed by your partner,” Delpy explained. But there is still sufficient broad humour in the film to attract an audience who usually settle for more traditional rom-coms.

A sequel that’s about as different as humanly possible to Piranha 3DD, I’m looking forward to 2 Days in London (ETA 2017).

2 Days in New York Trailer

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