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Friday, May 31, 2013

The Vern would love a waltz with Julie Delpy but settles for discussing her films instead.



With the premiere of "Before Midnight" which continues the relationship of a movie couple that I actually give a real shit about.  I thought I would look at the career of a french woman who has got a lot of talent.  Yes she is beautiful and can act, but did you know that she can sing and is also
 good director.  OK Well maybe that latter part you knew but I'm fairly sure that a lot of people don't even know who this actress is.  Which is kind of a shame because the woman had done a lot and she shows no signs of slowing down.

The Films



Killing Zoe.

In this heist film written and directed by Roger Avery("Silent Hill", "The Rules of Attraction")  An American safe cracker(Eric Stoltz) is brought to Paris by his childhood friend to rob a bank.  Julie Delpy plays the part of Zoe, a prostitute who gets caught up in the robbery as it progresses.  The film does have some interesting moments that make it stand out from other heist movies, and it I believe it is the very first foreign movie I have seen because at least 75 percent of it is in French.


 White.

 This is the second feature in a trilogy from director Krzysztof Kieslowski. The other two are "Blue" which comes first and "Red" which comes last.  In this movie, Miss Delpy plays a woman who divorces a man she never really loved and leaves him with nothing.   I mean nothing, the poor fool did not even sign a prenup.  So completely penny less the man has to go through some pretty bad things in order to get his money back. Of all the three films. I think I like this one the most, but I need to re watch them all before I can fully judge.



Before Sunrise/ Before Sunset.
                                       
In all of my years of watching movies, I have never found an on screen couple that I love as much as these two.  Yes forget about Bogart & Becall, Hepburn & Tracy, Solo & Leia, and yes even Calvin & Hobbes.  Ok well maybe I wont go that far, but Jesse(Ethan Hawke) and Celine(Julie Delpy) are two of my favorite movie characters that I want to be together.  I'm no longer wishing I could be like the guy in the movie who gets the cute girl at the end.  I am rooting for these two to be with eachother because they fit so well together. Several years have passed between each film and unlike most other sequels that have been made. These ones feel more genuine because the actors much like their characters have changed for real as well.



Waking Life

 Richard Linklater first thought a sequel to "Before Sunrise" would work out. When he cast both Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy to reprise their roles for a section in this animated mind trip.  The whole movie has people discussing philosophy and theories which may sound a bit dull to some of you, but the rotoscope animation is actually kind of brilliant and this movie does manage to make all the conversations quite engaging.



Broken Flowers.



This 2005 dramady has Bill Murray as a man going on a journey to seek out the mother of a child he never knew he had.  Julie Delpy plays his current girlfriend who at the start of the movie leaves him and moves out. 


2 Days in Paris / 2 Days in New York.




 Julie Delpy wrote, directed, and stared in these comedies about a couple who must deal with her eccentric family. In "2 Days in Paris" it is her and Adam Goldberg going out to visit her family and him dealing with all of her ex boyfriends.  In "2 Days in New York", Chris Rock is the love interest who must deal with the family and one ex(who is dating her sister) when they visit them in New York.  The one done in Paris was OK, but I really enjoyed the one set in New York.  I thought that Delpy and Rock had better chemistry then her with Goldberg, and I found it to be consistently funnier.


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Also check out this great interview that Dan from Public Transportation Snob had with Miss Delpy when "Waking Life" came out.  I will forever be just a little jealous that this man has spoken with this woman.

My 500th Post: 2001 Julie Delpy Interview







24 comments:

  1. Nice job, Vern! I still need to see the "2 Days" films and am particularly intrigued by the New York one. Thanks for the link!

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    1. Im upset that I have not seen more movies from her. Thanks for the comment Dan

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  2. Julie Delpy. Truly one of the great treasures of France. I'm currently working on a new review of Before Sunrise to replace the old one I wrote years ago in anticipation for Before Midnight. It's one of the five films that I'm anticipating to see for this year.

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    1. Can't wait to read that review. I hope These movies come out on Blueray with commentary by Delpy, Hawke and Linklater

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  3. I'm not a huge fan of French women (me being an American woman who feels inadequate around them, of course), but just for you, Vern, I will check out her movies. Thanks for a great, comprehensive review!

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    1. Start with The "Before" Series.Becky. You Will Enjoy it

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  4. The best she's looked is no doubt Three Colors: White. That scene where she's garbed in her white wedding dress and turns back to look at her husband/the camera. Wow! But her best acting is in the Before series. Indeed, her and Hawke make for an amazing couple. They feel like they actually exist.
    Interesting that you prefer 2 Days In New York to Paris since it's usually the opposite. I'll have to check them out.

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    1. They are both good but I thought she worked better with Chris Rock. They felt more like a new York Couple. Rock could be cast as the black Woody Allen

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