While most films deal primarily with the beginning of a relationship or the aftermath of a bitter separation, Julie Delpy’s “2 Days in Paris” acts a romantic interlude into the paths of two lovers, who have been dating for 2 years, and decide to spend 2 days in Paris together with French native relatives.
What is so incredible about Delpy’s film is not her acting, which in my honest opinion, is superb, an actress who has truly mastered the art of not only acting itself, but also screenwriting, film production and directing. In the beginning stages of the film, despite a few domestic and household problems that many are accustomed to when meeting the parents, all is well and bliss. The two lovers, played by Adam Goldberg, and Delpy herself as Goldberg’s love interest, build off of each other’s eccentricities and idiosyncrasies, always culminating in a loving resolve of compromise. But as the film progresses, the American attitudes and the overall European disposition (not to stereotype) seem to clash in a strong way, bearing a heavy load on the two lovers. This is when the jealousies people experience in long term relationships come full circle, as Goldberg has a visibly difficult time contending with the laundry list of past lover’s in Delpy’s life, whereas Delpy suffers from the same jealousies throughout the film, even fretting for a time that her sister will replace her in the eyes of Goldberg as soon to be suitor.
For potential viewers of the film, Delpy’s narrative and plot techniques are not to be questioned or taken lightly for that matter, because, as mentioned before, the woman knows what it takes to make a purely good story, usually abstaining from movies driven by action and high-tech explosives, instead adhering to her French cinematic roots.
The film is also a plethora of knowledge and interesting tidbits, such as references to past literary heroes who were at times during their career expatriates, such as Henry Miller, who wrote many of his masterpieces in Paris, and Jack Kerouac, mostly in the case of “Satori in Paris” in the latter’s case.
Honestly, it would take a few more hundred words on the topic to really do the film justice, as I am under the humble impression that this movie and most of Delpy’s movies in general such as “Before Sunset” and “Before Sunrise” have not really received their proper due credit from the overall American audience, but even so, “2 Days in Paris” is quite a leap from the traditional romantic film, a movie that examines all the aspects of a relationship, displaying the realities of two adults struggling to make it work despite their deep-seated mistrust of things around them, and often times, in each other as well.