Plot: 2 Days in Paris follows 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. Their week in Venice didn’t work out as planned- The food didn’t agree with Jack and, when he was well enough to go out, he was so focused on capturing the trip with his digital camera that he forgot to experience it. They have higher hopes for their last 2 days in Paris. But the combination of Marion’s offbeat and overbearing non-English speaking parents and flirtatious ex-boyfriends, with Jack’s continuing photography obsession and conviction that French condoms are too small, don’t make for an auspicious beginning… Will they be able to salvage their relationship? Will they ever have sex again? Or will they merely manage to perfect the art of arguing?
Now this delightful rom-com that got lost in translation truly made the grade for me. It looks at a couple’s attempt of how love can be rekindled after 2 years of being in a relationship, and the solution is spending 2 days in Paris.
Written and directed by Delpy (she also co-wrote Before Sunset with Hawke and Linklater), I can truly relate to the cultural differences between her and Goldberg – who did a superb job playing her neatnik boyfriend and I hope will be given more meaty roles after this. The wacky scenes are with her family (Delpy’s real life parents too mind you) over a rabbit dinner, – oh it’s hilarious! When she said, “I find it fascinating how someone can turn from being madly in love then to feeling nothing at all”, ooouuuch! That really got through the heart. Go out and see it and feel good and hopeful about relationships again!
2 Days in Paris: 4/5