What Julie Delpy loves as a writer and director is to explore characters "in time, in real time." Connecting her own '2 Days' films and Richard Linklater's "Before Sunrise"/"Before Sunset" films (which she co-writes and stars in with Ethan Hawke), she called both series "a kind of conceptual art, in a weird way. These movies are a conceptual statement, which is unusual."
"It's Marion five years later, it's Jesse and Celine nine, ten years later," Delpy explained. "It's almost like a slice, a cell of something, and then you go study it under a microscope -- slice someone and learn as much about that person under the microscope. Go into the tiny little details of a shorter moment, and how to capture that. I'm a bit obsessed with microcosms, and these are becoming kind of like the work of a lifetime, sort of, eventually."
Although Delpy is co-writing the untitled third installment of Linklater's series, she stresses that the '2 Days' films are "closer to who I am," she said. "They're less romantic, and at the same time, more girlie. The woman isn't objectified at all, whereas Celine is a bit of a dream girl."
Despite earlier projections predicting they would start shooting this summer, Delpy said it probably won't be until "sometime in the next year, year and a half," because they're still writing it. "A lot of it will be Richard's decision," she said, deferring to the director. "I'm just one of the people involved."