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Russian Dolls (2005)

Cast: Romain Duris, Audrey Tautou, Cécile De France, more...
Director: Cedric Klapisch
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: IFC Films/Genius Entertainment
Genre: Comedies, Foreign, Independent, Romantic Comedy, France
Running Time: 129 min.
Languages: French
Subtitles: English, Spanish
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A French writer finds his life is once again being turned sideways by his footloose European friends in this sequel to the international hit L'Auberge Espagnole. Five years after we last saw him, Xavier (Romain Duris) has given up his aspirations of a career in international finance, but his new path as a writer isn't going as well as he hoped; his novel about his experiences in Spain has yet to be published, and lately he's been writing scripts for a French soap opera. When his French producers enter into a co-production agreement with a British network and Xavier lands an assignment ghost-writing a tell-all autobiography for famous fashion model Celia Shelburn (Lucy Gordon), he finds himself spending plenty of time traveling between Paris and London. In London, Xavier becomes reacquainted with Wendy (Kelly Reilly), whom he met during his time in Spain, and he wonders if he should take another stab at a relationship with her; Wendy is currently involved, but is increasingly frustrated with her boyfriend's drug problems and mood swings. Xavier is also infatuated with Celia, and wonders if a dalliance with the glamorous model might be possible. Needing romantic advice, Xavier turns to another old friend, Isabelle (Cécile De France), a lesbian who offers her understanding of women as well as a spare bedroom in her flat. Xavier also gets pointers from his ex-girlfriend Martine (Audrey Tautou), who has a child from a former beau and is trying to sort out her own romantic troubles. Russian Dolls (aka Les Poupées Russes) also features Kevin Bishop, reprising his role as William from the first film. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

A semi-serious lark by MKaliher February 10, 2008 - 9:01 PM PST
2 out of 4 members found this review helpful
Having just watched this film as almost a double-bill to Julie Delpy's Two Days in Paris, I feel I've had my fill of 30-something angst for awhile. Yet, it is quite a good film--and I'm not just saying that because it has gorgeous women like Kelly Reilly, Evguenya Obraztsova, and Irene Montalà in it, although that certainly doesn't hurt. If you can get past the idea of Romain Duris as a ladies' man (hey, maybe they like the Alan Alda type in Europe; or maybe it's like throwing the loser into a porno movie, just to make the male viewer feel superior and hopeful), this is a fun film which deals with some rather serious issues facing those approaching the cusp of middle age. Many of these scenarios are familiar: the lovely woman who can't quite leave the abusive boyfriend, the man who has so many options he can't bring himself to choose, the woman who simply can't commit, and the horrifying failure of either gender to recognize the one who might well make a good life partner. Or is there, indeed, such a thing as a Life Partner anymore? Is marriage a cliché? The film is bit of a romantic fantasy: everyone has a stellar job, and lives in a simply wonderful flat. Still, it manages to be entertaining and thought-provoking at the same time--not bad for a mainstream film these days.

Good date flick! by toddandsteph September 26, 2006 - 4:42 PM PDT
1 out of 3 members found this review helpful
The Russian Dolls: Now, the old lady is a big of L' Auberge Espagnole, so when we saw that this, the sequel, was coming to town, naturally, we had to go. I wasn't too big of a fan of L' Auberge Espagnole, but I absolutely loved The Russian Dolls. The writer/director brings back a lot of the characters from the last film and spins a completely different tale while still keeping up the characters from the last movie. And while the last movie was bogged down with a lot of unnecessary stylization, this one finds a happy medium, having several great compositions and some really good writing. There's a bit of butchered realism near the end that could've been solved with better writing, but beyond that, watch this with a girl and enjoy the make-out session that follows. **** out've *****

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