Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
The Future Of Film
The 100 Greatest Video Games
Robin Williams: The Big Interview
Kevin Feige:
My Movie Life

The Marvel supremo's pick of the flicks
Subscribe: Get 6 Issues For £15
Get Empire magazine today and save money!
Reviews
STAR RATINGS EXPLAINED
Unmissable 5 Stars
Excellent 4 Stars
Good 3 Stars
Poor 2 Stars
Tragic 1 Star

FILM DETAILS
Certificate
TBA
Cast
Julie Delpy
Adam Goldberg
Daniel Bruhl
Marie Pillet
Albert Delpy.
Directors
Julie Delpy.
Screenwriters
Julie Delpy.
Running Time
96 minutes

LATEST FILM REVIEWS
Honeymoon
3 Star Empire Rating
Last Impresario, The
3 Star Empire Rating
I Origins
4 Star Empire Rating
Soul Boys Of The Western World
4 Star Empire Rating
What We Did On Our Holiday
3 Star Empire Rating



5 STAR REVIEWS
Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari, The
5 Star Empire Rating
Two Days, One Night
5 Star Empire Rating
Some Like It Hot
5 Star Empire Rating
A Hard Day's Night
5 Star Empire Rating
Boyhood
5 Star Empire Rating

2 Days In Paris
Think Before Sunset: The Comedy Version


submit to reddit


Plot
After two years together, French photographer Marion (Delpy) and American interior designer Jack (Goldberg) have lost the spark in their relationship. In an attempt to rekindle it they spend two days in Paris, home of Marion’s ‘challenging’ parents - plus a host of ex-boyfriends determined to spoil their attempted entente cordiale.


Review
2 Days In Paris

Those familiar with Julie Delpy’s earlier work, in particular Befores Sunrise and Sunset - the latter earning her a co-screenwriting Oscar nom - will be unsurprised that 2 Days In Paris, Delpy’s directorial debut (alongside acting and writing duties), is marked by the perception, wry humour and relationship insights for which her characters have become known.
 
Perhaps inevitably comparisons will be made with Sunset, 2 Days following a couple around a delightful - if more bohemian - Paris as their relationship is dissected and examined. Yet as Delpy herself is keen to point out, this is a very different film - even if for Sunset fans it acts as an interesting counterpoint.
 
Far more comedy than straight romance, this is a couple two years down the line, battling the daily irritations, crossed wires and simple ennui that can hit anyone after the honeymoon period wears off.
 
Placing the bickering pair in the city of romance is a fun idea in itself, and Delpy clearly enjoys the humour of such juxtaposition. Much of the comedy centres on the clash of two quite different cultures, American Jack (an endearingly hangdog Adam Goldberg) fretful over everything from germs (Marion’s flat is a horrifying “Petri dish”) to terrorist attacks, Marion’s maman et papa (played by Delpy’s own parents) - and a disconcerting number of lecherous ex-boyfriends - apparently obsessed with sex, shouting, smoking and scary food.
 
But it’s not all about the laughs; beneath the satire is an almost ever-present but not displeasing sombre undertone, bringing a bittersweet note to the comedy as Delpy also offers a considered examination of the sometimes harsh realities of love. It seems Marion and Jack are existing largely in anxious isolation - Marion’s solo voiceover is telling - beset by jealousies and insecurity, more likely to snap than really talk.
 
As the film builds to its possible crisis, by way of a round of chic Parisian soirées and a neatly ironic subplot featuring Daniel Brühl’s animal rights activist, Delpy’s tone becomes serious. Some may find this shift jarring, throwing into question what 2 Days In Paris really wants to be, but Delpy has the wit, sensitivity and skill to pull her disparate thoughts into an unusual, affecting whole.


Verdict
Quirky, fresh and sharply intelligent. A promising debut for director Delpy, both thought-provoking and painfully funny.


Reviewed by Liz Beardsworth

Write Your Review
To write your review please login or register.

Your Reviews

Average user rating for 2 Days In Paris
Empire Star Rating

Great, realistic love story

This is a sweet little comedy about two lovers in Paris. It is quite different from the normal love stories. Very straightforward, a lot of dialogue and two main characters who are absolutely believable. Not too cheesy or overly romantic. Genuine people in a real setting.The American Jack (Adam Goldberg) and the originally Parisian Marion (Julie Delpy) have been together for two years. After a lovely trip to Venice they stay at her parents’ house in Paris for two days. Sounds romantic?! We... More

Empire User Rating

Posted by TheMovieNess at 10:52, 01 November 2008 | Report This Post


All Taxi Drivers are the same

This is worth seeing for the Taxi driver conversations alone. Clearly they are the same across the world, although Parisian ones do seem particularly abhorant. Delpy puts them in their place admirably. This also brings the French arrogance into sharp focus, with Delpy's parents providing excellent talent to have on tap. Delpy is very aware of other nation's views (particulary neurotic Americans) of The French and exploits this e.g. the rectal thermometer and rabbit heads. ... More

Empire User Rating

Posted by MyPOV at 09:59, 01 February 2008 | Report This Post


RE: 2 Days In Paris

The review for In Paris to be missing.    ... More

Posted by Mason Verger at 20:08, 17 September 2007 | Report This Post


RE: 2 Days In Paris

I haven't laughed at a film this much in ages. Delpy does Woody Allen in Paris.... Brilliant.... Goldberg was wondefully neurotic... ... More

Posted by Charliebois at 20:02, 05 September 2007 | Report This Post


RE: 2 Days In Paris

reenwriter: elpy g: elpy, Adam Goldberg, Marie Pillet, Albert Delpy s oing around Europe during a vacation, Marion (Delpy) and her American boyfriend Jack (Goldberg) are spending two days in Paris, where the couple tries to sort out their relationship when they meet a few of Marion's ex-lovers. /b] From actress to director, this isn't the first time we've seen Julie 'The Director' Delpy. After two short features, Delpy is ready to tell her French life through a fictional romanti... More

Empire User Rating

Posted by Wilding at 21:15, 03 September 2007 | Report This Post


2 Days In Paris

Very funny and a great 'couple' film especially if you too have been going out for 2+ years. ... More

Empire User Rating

Posted by Timon at 13:52, 03 September 2007 | Report This Post


To say this is just Before Sunset with added gags would really be an insult to this film, I thought this was much more than that. True, the last 10 minutes or so kind of lost the light-hearted mood of what had gone before and got bogged down in a philsophical mood, but overall I loved this film, its far superior to the average rom com that is released these days. There are some truly funny scenes - the dinner with Marion's parents, the balloon pictures, the opening at the gallery, the par... More

Empire User Rating

Posted by Indio at 22:00, 02 September 2007 | Report This Post


SPECIAL FEATURE
The 301 Greatest Movies Of All Time EMPIRE READERS' POLL: THE 301 GREATEST MOVIES OF ALL TIME
You turned out in your hundreds and thousands, and here are the results... Browse the full list


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
The Future Of Film: There Will Be Another Indie Golden Age
Independent producers are growing from micro-budgets to something a lot bigger

Empire's Epic Interstellar Subscribers' Cover
The countdown begins to Christopher Nolan's sci-fi masterpiece

The Future Of Film: Your Favourite Movie WIll Be Crowdfunded
Click here to donate

The Empire Podcast #128: Interviews With Sir Roger Moore And George MacKay
Plus we say goodbye to Richard Kiel and the British Expendables are assembled...

Shut Up, World! Gary Busey Is Talking!
Strap yourselves in and meet a true Hollywood original.

Classic Feature: Gods Among Us - Paul Newman
A cat so cool he makes Steve McQueen look geeky.

The Boxtrolls Interviews: The Cast And Crew On Laika's Latest
Sir Ben Kingsley, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Elle Fanning and more talk stop-motion

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get 6 Issues Of Empire For Only £15!

Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save maney on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 6 issues of Empire for just £15!
Get the world's greatest movie magazine delivered straight to your door! Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)