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2 Days in Paris [Blu-ray]
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One can imagine the excitement of fans when they hear Julie is again doing a romantic film set in Paris. But do not be fooled; this is a Woody Allen excruciating comedy where the mores of New York meet head on with those of Paris. It is about the usual Allen people, well off folks on the edge of the arts with more issues than a tabloid. I found it extremely funny as the new boyfriend passes through the usual stages of meeting all the ex-boyfriends and sitting alone in a crowd speaking another language. Delpy as writer has the style of both New York and Paris perfectly; especially the paranoia of New Yorkers in another city. It is also ultimately very touching.
But it is not Before Sunset or Before Sunrise; so if that was what you wanted don't force yourself down that road because you will be disappointed with 2 Days In Paris, and it deserves better.
At a time when "Knocked Up" and "Superbad" have been hailed as the funniest films of the year, it's a shame that this film was not recognised as such. Don't get me wrong, there's a time and a place for those other big, no brain comedies, but this film made me laugh out loud even more, and it's also smarter and wittier, with sharp dialogue throughout. And don't let that make you think that this is purely highbrow comedy either - any film that derives humour from a photo of a naked man with a balloon tied round his privates can hardly be accused of taking itself too seriously! The central premise of the film is also one that many people will be able to relate to, as with European City breaks more affordable these days, many of us have spent weekends abroad with partners, and can relate to all the potential joys and stresses that often result.
Along with writing and directing the film, Julie Delpy also stars, and wrote and performed some of the soundtrack. So I'd just like to salute you Miss Delpy for realising what was obviously a very personal project, and for making me laugh so much with one of the most memorable films of 2007. I for one won't be disappointed if you decide to write and direct again!
2 Days in Paris is a funny and surprising film written, directed, edited, and starred by the talented Julie Delpy. It has a taste of Woody Allen and a taste of European films.
The film was nominated for a César award for Best Original Screenplay (Meilleur scénario original). The script is brilliant indeed.
Julie’s real parents play Marion’s parents. The father is hillarious.
The best: the lack of communication between different cultures, Albert Delpy’s character and his passion for destroying cars that are bad parked (it would be so great to be able to do that!), the American Republican losers, Jack’s paranoia for Marion’s man-eater complex, the fairy, the music, and the scene where Marion shouts at the racist taxi driver and criticizes France.
The worst: that the film is so short. I wish it would have lasted an hour longer.
Julie Delpy, wrote, starred and directed this film. She is a superb actress, and this is truly a labor of love. Adam Goldberg is her lover and they ave come to her home in Paris after a disastrous vacation in Venice. They live in the US, and this was to be the vacation to make them stronger. Unfortunately, Adam only took pictures in Venice and his neurotic personality laid him low with sinus, cold issues. They arrive in Paris, Jules's parents only speak French, so this becomes a culmination of funny misunderstandings. Papa is a flirt and so is Julie. Adam soon finds that every other person thy meet, Julie has slept with. He wonders just exactly wat she is. One misunderstanding leads to another, and they have a fight. Julie, is very passionate about politics and if you don't agree , she goes off on you. One mess, again leads to another , until they finally meet to talk.
The was a laugh out loud film in many places, and this saved the film from bogging down. Both Julie and Adam were terrific in their roles, as were the other actors. A film for everyone, a good one for a rainy day.
Recommended. prisrob 08-0-13
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