Julie Delpy, last seen as an old flame in The Hoax, multi-tasks quite well for herself in the droll 2 Days in Paris.
Delpy, besides directing, writing, and producing, stars as Marion, a French photographer who resides in the Big Apple with stateside beau Jack (Adam Goldberg of A Beautiful Mind). The effortless, spry tale looks at their stay in Paris after a holiday in Venice.
The daily life of these two makes for an interesting take on male/female interaction. Perhaps it's Delpy's perspective from what she learned from director Richard Linklater and co-star Ethan Hawke from Before Sunrise and Before Sunset. These were quite meaningful, truthful, in an intimate cagey way. Here, the sensitive director takes a nice cultural holistic approach, especially when it comes to Jack's reactions how the locals relate to food and romance, among other delights.
Bountiful support abounds from Albert Delpy and Marie Pillet as Marion's very interested parents who don't know English. Also, there are fine turns from her exes, who include Alexandre Nahon and Adan Jodorowsky, as well as a fairy godfather activist (Daniel Bruhl, seen briefly in the blockbuster Bourne Ultimatum). And, Aleksia Landeau contributes a grumpy presence as Marion's sister.
Like Marion's character, 2 Days in Paris has a blithe aura to it that gives it the feel of Woody Allen back in his Bananas days. The line readings are colorful and spontaneous as flashbacking and voice-overs let one into the layers of Marion and Jack. Honest and hardly pushing the envelope with many amusing changes, Delpy and Goldberg have fun in this perky stream of consciousness into understanding and deciding on the commitment it takes to have a lifelong partner. All the while adroitly capturing the mores and attitudes of the French and Americans.