Days in Paris
When I started writing 2 Days in Paris, I envisioned my own
parents in the parts of Marion’s parents. Not because I have no
imagination, but because each time I think of an amazing actor in his
60s who speaks French, I think of my dad, and each time I think of a
fantastic French actress in her 60s, I think of my mom. For as long
as I can remember, I have seen them perform, and for as long as I can
remember, I’ve looked up to their work and integrity as actors.
I’ve especially admired how extremely funny they are on stage
and I wanted to give them a part they truly deserve on screen. That
being said, if I had not cast them in the film I would have been in
big trouble. They would have probably kidnapped my pet and blackmailed
My parents really are role models for me. Their integrity and love
of their art is 100 percent pure. They had to fight their families
to become actors—especially my dad, whose family thought he had
a great future as a postman. They never acted for fame or money—unlike
nowadays where some people seem to be attracted only to the glamourous
aspects of it. My parents are so not into the glamour that after the
film was done and they had achieved what very few people can—true
comedic performances—they were very happy to see the film but
were never interested in film festivals or press. I begged my parents
to come to the Berlin Film Festival; I wanted them to share the spotlight
with me for a night. But they didn’t want to. They were both
doing plays, so why would they give up a day’s work for one night
of red carpet “glory”?
Work is all that matters to them. And the truth is, they are right—the
true pleasure and reward of making a film is the act of making it.
And I had the pleasure of doing so, from writing to editing this film.
It is wonderful to have someone tell you that they liked your film,
but really, creating it is the most fun part of all. I would work with
my parents again in the blink of an eye. They were not just amazing
as actors, they were also humble and kind to everyone on set, and they
would share their warmth and joy with everyone around them.
My parents started giving me an education in art and film early on.
As a kid my father brought me to see serious films by Godard, Bergman
and Cassavetes, while my mom would bring me to see Star Wars, Jaws and broad comedies. I went to Cannes in 1979 and I was lucky enough
to see Apocalypse Now and The Tin Drum when I was only nine years old.
With my parents I went to the theater three times a week, the movies
four times a week, art exhibitions many times a month; I met writers,
painters and all sorts of artists throughout my childhood. Okay, so
we didn’t have a bathroom until I was eight (actually, public
baths were not as bad as you would think) but they gave me so many
other things. They sent me to music, dance, photography, painting and
writing classes on top of regular school. I am the luckiest person
in the world to have been raised by the greatest parents in the world
and everything I’ve achieved successfully in my life I owe to