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2 Days in New York by Julie Delpy

February 17, 2013

The screenwriter Julie Delpy loves her characters, I guess that’s why she keeps them in life from film to film, she had already done it with Jess and Celine (and next spring they will return for a third time with Before Midnight, once again written by Delpy and directed by Linklater), 2 Days in New York is the follow up to the adventures of French photographer Marion (Julie Delpy) – from 2 Days in Paris (2007), we meet her five years later in New York City where she lives with her new companion – Mingus (Chris Rock) – and now her flamboyant family is coming to visit.

Albert and Julie Delpy

Everybody who watched 2 Days in Paris found it was spontaneous to think of Woody Allen and Delpy having set the second part of Marion’s story in Manhattan makes it unavoidable even, but with Delpy being French and belonging to a younger generation when you scratch the surface you suddenly realize that she plays on a quite different ground: once again the comedic moments focus on cultural clichés on both sides of the Atlantic, so we get Jeannot (Albert Delpy) who when he comes to America to visit his daughter will have trouble with customs officers, when we see him detained and naked for inspection he looks like a suicide bomber armed with an unending hidden supply of saucissons et fromages: two countries obsessed with food each one in his own way. The constant interplay between two different cultures works with good rhythm and Delpy is fun and clever confirming and subverting the stereotypes she plays with, the disconcerting effect she produces is both hilarious and thoughtful. Julie Delpy doesn’t break any new ground as a director but she confirms here that she knows what is the purpose of a comedy, because she has made another good one.

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