2 Days in Paris Review, by Stephen Holden of The New York Times

The metabolism of Julie Delpy's biting romantic comedy "2 Days in Paris" runs full tilt from the opening scene, of lovers asleep on a fast train from Venice. Once they awaken, the pace accelerates even further, and you strain not to miss a word of their smart, revealing and frequently crazy repartee. Ms. Delpy stars in the movie, which she wrote, directed and scored, as Marion, a Paris-born photographer who lives most of the year in New York with her boyfriend, Jack (Adam Goldberg), a shaggy, heavily tattooed interior designer. Ms. Delpy intermittently narrates the movie in a voice that is partly hers and partly that of her neurotic, possibly autobiographical character. After their Parisian jaunt the couple, both in their mid-30s, plan to return to New York. But their tumultuous sojourn in Paris throws into question the future of their volatile two-year relationship. "2 Days in Paris" is an inside-out version of the much-admired Richard Linklater films "Before Sunrise" and "Before Sunset." Where Mr. Linklater's movies were weepies for the kind of educated, upscale young cosmopolites who have a soft spot for romances like "Casablanca," Ms. Delpy's examination of modern love among the almost young and still restless is bracingly hard-headed. Ms. Delpy's and Mr. Goldberg's performances are so assured and spontaneous that they don't even seem to be acting; they're living their roles in front of our eyes.


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