Transatlantic tensions worked for the sophomore effort of Julie Delpy, whose work on 2 Days in Paris saw a couple wrought with a longing to settle down in different spaces. Seemingly unable to come up with an agreement, 2 Days in New York follows Marion (Delpy) as she returns to the streets that once felt so cold and bleak. Living there would mean failure. Her previous partner is gone, leaving only a child behind as a remnant of their relationship. Instead of the relationship between America and France, the international relationship is put on ice to deal with how different countries and cultures grieve and love in the confines of a small apartment, one of many dotted around the city that never sleeps.
Two days? Give me an hour and I’d have checked off most of the confused groans and intermittent fallouts the two protagonists of 2 Days in Paris find themselves pushing through, headstrong and annoyed. Immediate intimacy with a couple on holiday marks the introduction of the Julie Delpy project. She stars, narrates and directs her sophomore feature film with a confidence usually reserved for masters of the camera. What was it about Paris and its culture that proved so well in the year 2007? Ratatouille had heart and culinary creativity, and 2 Days in Paris shares some similarities. This independent darling from Delpy has charm oozing from it thanks to its adaptation to the streets of this fine city.