2 Days in Paris (2 Jours) (2007)

Rating: ★★★★☆

From the official site:

2 Days follows two days in the relationship of a New York based couple; a French photographer Marion (Julie Delpy) and American interior designer Jack (Adam Goldberg) 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?

Written and directed by Julie Delpy, this was an unexpected pleasure, especially the scenes involving her real life parents, who also played her parents in the film. What could have easily been a myopic treatment of Delpy’s version of life in her home town is instead a smart, funny, slice of life visit with the two main characters, with the City of Love as the backdrop. Click here to buy the DVD.