"2 Days in Paris" in Memphis 

2 Days in Paris, Julie Delpy's intimate, exhilarating new film, doesn't have much in common with genteel, starry-eyed rom-coms like Before Sunrise or Before Sunset.

Warm, fuzzy memories of those two chatty but precious Richard Linklater films, which paired Delpy's French intellectual fantasy chick with Ethan Hawke's pretentious, scheming American backpacker, are effectively obliterated when we get our first glimpse of Marion and Jack (Delpy and Adam Goldberg, well-muscled and well-wrapped in a blanket of Cape Fear tattoos), a couple in their mid-30s who are taking the overnight train from Venice to Paris; Marion is wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with a gun that's pointed at her boyfriend's chest.

In interviews, Delpy has compared Marion's impulsive, surprisingly confrontational behavior to Robert De Niro's actions in Raging Bull ...

Read the rest of Addison Engelking's review in this week's Flyer.

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