14 August 2012 8:42 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Full disclosure: I'm a little bit in love with Julie Delpy, sometimes unaccountably so. She's neurotic, fretful, and sharp-tongued, a femme fatale with a French accent and Woody Allen specs. Her first film as a director was a mess. And yet she keeps growing on me, a habit I just can't seem to break. With Ethan Hawke, in "Before Sunrise" and "Before Sunset" (two films so gracefully performed and intuitively conceived they function for me almost as memories), Delpy achieved a kind of perfect tentativeness, dissembling until the crucial, heady moment when the skein slipped off. She was suddenly vulnerable — as Hawke had been all along, however gray his face — playing a ditty on her guitar, delaying one more moment. Her debut behind the camera, an affably half-baked tartlet of Franco-American misunderstanding called "2 Days in Paris" (2007), mustered none of this deftness, unfortunately. "Let me translate the humor to »


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