After watching the incredibly embarrassing yet hilarious “2 Days in Paris” (2007) by Julie Delpy, I was very much looking forward to seeing “2 Days in New York”, and was not disappointed!
Marion (Delpy) has broken up with Jack (her boyfriend from “2 Days in Paris”) and now lives in New York with their child and new boyfriend. When her totally dysfunctional, eccentric family comes to visit her from France, she does not envisage the explosive impact that it will have on her, and her new life and relationship.
Delpy still uses her family in the cast (her larger than life, charismatic father plays wonderfully) and Chris Rock in the role of her new american boyfriend Mingus, radio presenter with a very special relationship to a cutout life size photo of Obama, is a invaluable addition to the film.
This one woman show is carefully orchestrated by Delpy; she is not only the director, scriptwriter, and actress in “2 Days in New York” but also the producer. She certainly gets things right; Her clever tight script and highly choreographed scenarios create an claustrophobic yet comical atmosphere, which one cannot but identify with: who has not had family/guests who outstay their welcome and invade ones physical and mental space.
Delpy claims that she loves uncomfortable moments, where people get really embarrassed, “being at the wrong place at the wrong time with the wrong people.” Her humor and sensitivity to these unbearable situations provide the spectator with a truly cathartic experience.
2 Days in New York
UK release date: May 18th 2012
German release date: July 5th 2012