Movie review: “Two Days in Paris”

A romantic comedy set in Paris, Two Days in Paris was written and directed by Julie Delpy, who plays Marion, the female lead. Her love interest (well, one of them) is Jack (played by Adam Goldberg), an American who smokes one cigarette after another and imbibes copious glasses of red wine, and then complains endlessly about allergies, sinus infections, migraines and hangovers.

At the start of the movie, the two are on a 12-hour train journey from Venice to Paris, having just spent a holiday in Venice that didn’t exactly rekindle their love for each other. Marion, who is French-speaking and whose parents live in Paris (although she herself lives in New York for most of the year), has persuaded him to spend another two days in Paris with her, before they return to New York. She takes him to her parents’ house, where she rents the apartment above them.

Incidentally, her real-life parents play her parents in the movie. Albert Delpy plays her father as a typical Parisian artist with his own art gallery, who flirts ceaselessly with anything that moves. His sexual proclivities are visually illustrated in his works of art. Marie Pillet plays her mother, who apparently had a bit of a fling with Jim Morrison of The Doors in 1969 or something.

Jack struggles to fit into Marion’s life, primarily because he doesn’t understand or speak much French, and thus battles to follow the rapid-fire French conversations around him (fortunately they are subtitled for us!). In addition, they keep encountering past boyfriends, which makes him seethe with suppressed jealousy, and because she is very pertty, men (especially taxi drivers) keep hitting on her, even offering to have children with her if Jack proves unable (how touching!). The fact that Marion has anger management issues doesn’t exactly help matters either, although it does result in some very, very funny dialogue.

Loved it!

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