Julie Delpy’s career as a cinema actress began in 1973 at the age of 14. But major recognition first came in her thirties when she was given the main role in White, the second of Krzysztof Kieslowski’s Three Colours trilogy. Soon after she was one of the two principals in the much-liked Before Sunrise (1995) directed by Richard Linklater and set in Vienna. Nearly a decade later, its less acclaimed sequel, set this time in Paris, brought the same two characters, older and perhaps wiser, together in Before Sunset. Delpy had by this time moved on to screenwriting and directing (she was a co-writer on Sunset) and went on to write, direct and act in 2 Days in Paris which appeared in 2007. Delpy holds both French and US nationality, so a comedy about a US-based couple, she being French and he (Adam Goldberg) American, encountering Paris, France and her ever-so-French family (Dupy’s actor father Albert plays her screen father) would seem to suit.
2 Days in New York is paradoxical in that the characters speak in French and English in roughly equal amounts, but to which market is it meant to appeal? The French audience doesn’t mind sous-titres but won’t like the way their compatriots are depicted. The mainstream anglophone audience in the US won’t accept subtitles, but the humour is too unsophisticated for the art house crowd – Woody Allen it ain’t.
ADDENDUM 12 MAY
A peace offering to any aggrieved Delpy fans who have read this far - you will enjoy this article about her in the Guardian.