2 Days in ParisMay 17, 2007
Marion and Jack try to rekindle their relationship with a visit to Paris, home of Marion's parents — and several of her ex-boyfriends.
Release Year: 2007
Rating: 6.9/10 (15,117 voted)
Critic's Score: 67/100
Stars: Julie Delpy, Adam Goldberg, Daniel Brühl
2 Jours – 2 Days follows two days in the relationship of a New York based couple; a French photographer Marion and American interior designer Jack-as they attempt to re-infuse their relationship with romance by taking a vacation in Europe. Their trip to Venice didn't really work out,–they both came down with gastroenteritis. They have higher hopes for Paris. But the combination of Marion's overbearing non-English speaking parents', flirtatious ex-boyfriends', and Jack's obsession with photographing every famous Parisian tombstone and conviction that French condoms are too small, only adds fuel to the fire. Will they be able to salvage their relationship? Will they ever have sex again? Or will they merely manage to perfect the art of arguing?
Anna – Marion's Mother
Jeannot – Marion's Father
Rose – Marion's Sister
(as Alex Nahon)
Thibault De Lussy
First Taxi Driver
Taxi Driver with Jack Russel
Flirtatious Taxi Driver
Racist Taxi Driver
He knew Paris was for lovers. He just didn't think they were all hers.
Release Date: 17 May 2007
Filming Locations: Paris, France
Opening Weekend: $173,641
(12 August 2007)
(2 December 2007)
Did You Know?
Because of his commitment to the film
Deja Vu, Julie Delpy was unsure if Adam Goldberg would be available to be in her film. She was forced to push back shooting to accommodate his schedule but he eventually arrived on set, twelve hours late.
When Marion tells Jack she doesn't use that thermometer in the mouth, Jack spits it out and it falls near the side wall, but Marion picks it up from the bed.
[Jack removes Marion's glasses]
I can't see you. I could be having sex with Gregory Peck or something.
Well, good for you.
Smart, funny and not for everyone
From a study of the movie poster, you might be tempted to think this is
another pointless romantic movie about two lovers in France. "Oui,"
they will fight, love, eat croissants and find meaning. How drearily
But, surprise of surprises, "Two Days in Paris" is a very funny, very
soulful and very interesting look at a slice of the life of two quite
interesting characters. On the surface, Marion (Julie Delpy) and Jack
(Adam Goldberg) are two irritatingly pretentious neurotics. Both 35 and
childless, they have been traveling Europe for 2 weeks, deciding to
stop in Paris for a couple days to drop in on Marion's family and
friends before flying home to New York. Marion is French, the child of
left-wing French artists. Jack is a New Yorker, a political lefty whose
shallow grasp of culture (he speaks only English, for instance) is
purely American. She had aspirations to be a photographer, though (for
reasons the film will make clear) her work is strictly third-class. He
takes pictures of everything, but has no eye for form, color or
What's fun about the film is the complexity of the relationships. To
Jack's annoyance, Marion keeps bumping into her old boyfriends. And her
father seems intent on humiliating or offending him and his American
tastes. A dinner scene in which he is offered a rabbit's head is just
hilarious. When offered carrots, he says, "So, we're going to eat the
bunny's food, too?" For her part, Marion cannot understand why Jack
finds her continued casual friendships with exes to be so
extraordinary. And Jack, utterly clueless about the nuances (or even
the surface content) of Marion's conversations, is getting paranoid
that he is not being told everything. At one point, Marion is holding a
violent argument with a racist cabdriver. Jack knows something is going
on, but can't get past Marion's insistence that everything is fine.
I realize as I write this that I am doing no justice to the joyful
sense of voyeurism that the film affords.The film is so smartly written
and fast-paced that sometimes you forget you are watching a film and
think you are watching dinner with Julie's real family or attending
parties with her smug and artsy friends. The film is completely
convincing and has a depth of heart I didn't expect. It deal with
secrets and the frustration that comes from knowing another person. The
language and culture barriers then act as metaphors for the inability
of two people, even lovers, to inhabit another's life and experience.
"Two Days in Paris" is not for all. Marion and Jack are exemplars of
the worst aspects of US and European artistic classes. Their treatment
of a group of Americans on a "Da Vinci Code" tour tells you more than
you want to know about the antagonisms between right and left. But
their smug, knowing put downs of Bush and Cheney supporters are less
political messages by the movie makers than markers of the characters'
personalities. This movie about liberals does not necessarily espouse
their world view. But, at heart, this is a love story, not a political
drama. Secondly, since we are talking about shallow artists, there is
an enormous amount of politico-sexual "art" on display in the film.
While this may be offensive to the audience, its presence helps to
define the characters themselves. It's not there to titillate the
viewer, but to describe the actors.
Delpy, who wrote, directed, produced and acted in the movie, has made a
master work that is complex, evocative, real and quite beautiful. She
has captured aspects of the French national character that seem quite
convincing. She has also aptly captured the emotions and dilemmas of
30-something adults who, under it all, are still looking for meaning,
belonging and peace. Goldberg gave a powerful and hilarious
performance. He's Ben Stiller with a soul.
If you can put up with the film's politics, you will be amply rewarded.