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BEFORE MIDNIGHT
2013, Sony Pictures Classics, 109 min, USA, Dir: Richard Linklater

The third film in Richard Linklater’s trilogy (following BEFORE SUNRISE and BEFORE SUNSET) is quite possibly the best in its hilarious, devastating, and ultimately poignant depiction of the complexities of long-term commitment. Eight years after we last saw them, Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy) have left their previous lives behind to be together at last - but does getting everything they wished for bring them happiness? In answering the question, Linklater crafts his most romantic and unblinkingly truthful film to date.


2 DAYS IN PARIS
2007, Samuel Goldwyn Films, 96 min, France, Dir: Julie Delpy

A Parisian getaway becomes anything but romantic for a high-strung New York couple in Julie Delpy's smart, sexy comedy about how opposites attract - and then slowly drive each other crazy. Marion (Delpy) is a French photographer and Jack (Adam Goldberg) is an American interior designer. After a less-than-idyllic vacation in Italy, they stop off in Paris for two days, where Jack is flummoxed by a new language and culture - and a bevy of Marion’s flirtatious ex-boyfriends. As the cultural divide between them grows, will these two days in Paris become their last as a couple, or the beginning of a richer life together? Written, directed and edited by Delpy, it is an insightful, bitingly funny dissection of contemporary relationships that rings true in any language.


2 DAYS IN NEW YORK
2012, Magnolia Pictures, 91 min, USA, Dir: Julie Delpy

In writer-director Julie Delpy’s sequel to 2 DAYS IN PARIS, her character, Marion, has broken up with old boyfriend Jack and moved to New York City with their son. She now lives happily with talk radio host Mingus (Chris Rock) and his daughter from a previous marriage - until Marion’s relatives pay a visit. Her dad (played by Delpy’s real-life father), hyper-analytical younger sister Rose and Rose’s boyfriend (who just happens to be one of Marion’s old flames) put Marion and Mingus’ relationship through a gauntlet, as each gains a new perspective of the other in this hilarious look at love and family. “We've rarely seen comedy this smart since Woody Allen and ‘Seinfeld’ left New York.” – The Guardian. An official selection of the Sundance and Tribeca film festivals.


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