Review: ‘Two days in Paris’ with Julie Delpy opening the French Film Festival in Bratislava (FIFFBA 2008))

Marion and Jack at a party in Paris

My verdict: 8(10)

OK, as my French is a bit rusty, I have to admit that I probably only got 80% of this movie, half the dialogues are in French, and the Slovak subtitling did not provide much additional help to me ;-). But having said that, that 80% turned out to be more than enough to make my evening highly enjoyable.

‘Two Days in Paris’ has Julie Delpy written all over it. Delpy, well known from her well acclaimed appearance next to Ethan Hawke in ‘Before Sunrise’ and ‘Before Sunset’, wrote, directed, edited, co-produced, composed the score and sang a song, and also acted in this movie.  

The story tells about a New York couple, French photographer Marion (Julie Delpy), and American interior designer Jack (Adam Goldberg), as they attempt to re-infuse their relationship with romance on a European vacation. But what seems to start as merely a sort of Before Sunrise/Sunset-wannabe-sequel, with sometime very easy cliche-confirming jokes about both the French (sex-exalting and arrogant) as well as the Americans (naive and narrow-minded), slowly turns into something more subtile. Tackling questions like why people are in a relationship in an original way, e.g. when Marion answers to the question why she still is friends with most of her exes: ‘I would want to be your friend when we break up…whenever we break up….eehh IF we break up.’. 

Witty dialogues, natural acting, and well-‘cast’ actors, in my opinion make this a movie to see. And I’ll definitely see it once more, but then with English subtitles to get the other 20% :-).

Trailer:

 

The official web site: http://www.2daysinparisthefilm.com/

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