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Living In: 2 Days in Paris

by Maxwell Tielman

Despite the Hallmark cards and pop songs that fill our brains this time of year, anybody who’s been in a relationship knows that it’s not always cupcakes, butterflies and rainbows. On the contrary, relationships, especially the long-term romantic kind, require energy, patience and bulletproof resolve. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, perhaps it’s an opportune moment to remind us of this fact. Love, for all its thrills and excitement, can be quite the stressor. Just ask Julie Delpy. The triple-threat actor/writer/director astutely and hilariously tackles the subject of love’s pitfalls in her 2007 comedy, 2 Days in Paris.

In the film, Delpy (of Before Sunrise fame) plays Marion, a neurotic but irresistibly charming photographer on vacation with her American boyfriend, Jack (Adam Goldberg). Between traveling in Italy and returning home to New York City, the couple decides to make a pit stop in Marion’s hometown of Paris. Although Paris is typically la ville de l’amour, Marion and Jack’s experience proves to be anything but romantic. Over the course of two days, the couple must navigate a bumpy terrain of insane family members, jealous ex-lovers and bizarre cultural differences. The combination, while panic inducing (especially for Jack), is riotously funny for the audience. The film provides an apt lesson, just in time for February 14: When it comes to relationships, it’s best to bring a sense of humor. (You can purchase 2 Days in Paris here or stream it on Netflix here.) — Max

Image above: 1. Floral Dress, $58 | 2. Glasses, $95 | 3. Leica Camera, $1,995 | 4. Cat Purse, $95 | 5. Earrings, $36 | 6. Nan Goldin’s The Ballad of Sexual Dependency, $31.50 | 7. Yellow Flats, $495 | 8. Black Side Chair, $129

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Image above: 1. Donna Wilson Beardy Man Plate, £22 | 2. Sunglasses, $44 | 3. Beard Wax, $23 | 4. Heart Temporary Tattoo, $5 | 5. Vintage French/English Dictionary, $20 | 6. The Polaroid Book, $10.19 | 7. Alexander Gerard Serving Tray, $90

Film: 2 Days in Paris

Year: 2007

Director: Julie Delpy

Starring: Julie Delpy, Adam Goldberg, Albert Delpy, Alexia Landeau

Props: Soraya Mangin

Set Designer: Barbara Marc

Costume Design: Stephane Rollot

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