Recently in the "Salon" article ‘"Think Like a
are rom-coms still segregated?' Andrew O'Hehir praised the title
film for showing an interracial couple without making a big deal of it, but
then wondered if such an arrangement would be possible in a film that was not
aimed at an African-American audience. "[W]ould a "mainstream" (i.e.,
predominantly white) comedy," he wondered, "depict an interracial relationship
so casually, even in 2012?"
Though it is not exactly mainstream, it being an independent
movie made by a French director on a tiny budget, Julie Delpy's "Two Days in
New York," screening
tomorrow at 6:45 at the Brattle Theatre as part of the Independent Film
Festival of Boston, does in fact depict such a relationship -- between Delpy's
harried divorced, single mother and her live-in boyfriend, played by Chris
Rock. Probably the only big deal made of the situation is when her French
family visits and makes some good-natured, tasteless remarks
and when Rock's
character, "Play It Again Sam"-style, discusses relationships with a
life-sized, cardboard Obama.
Another thing that occurred to me watching the film, a
sequel of sorts to Delpy's equally funny, inventive, and ribald 2007
independent comedy "Two Days in Paris,"
is how raunchy the film is, and how Delpy demonstrated, long before "Bridesmaids"
(2011), that women can
be just as crude and funny as men, if not more so.
These may be topics for discussion when Delpy
shows up in person at the screening of her film for a Q &A. Don't miss it.