Chinese Puzzle (2014)

Chinese Puzzle



Critic Consensus: Pleasantly easygoing and consistently funny, Chinese Puzzle offers a suitably endearing conclusion to Cédric Klapisch's Trilogy of Xavier.

Movie Info

A 40-year-old father of two, still finds life very complicated. When the mother of his children moves to New York, he can't bear them growing up far away from him and so he decides to move there as well. (C) Official Site

Rating: R (for sexual content, nudity and language)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Cédric Klapisch
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 14, 2014
Box Office: $0.3M
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as Xavier

as Martine

as Isabelle de Groote

as Le père de Xavier
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Critic Reviews for Chinese Puzzle

All Critics (61) | Top Critics (20)

Viewers coming to this film without having seen the others would have no problem following the action; whether they'd care about it is another question.

Full Review… | June 19, 2014
Washington Post
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A hectic, convoluted French comedy about a Parisian novelist and the three women in his life.

Full Review… | June 12, 2014
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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An amiably daffy look at perpetual adolescence, French-style.

Full Review… | June 6, 2014
Detroit News
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Once the story picks up, it's easy, breezy and enjoyable. It seduces you into thinking: Wouldn't it be fun to reconnect with Xavier in another five years or so?

Full Review… | June 5, 2014
Chicago Sun-Times
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The film flits from one subplot to another and not in that delightfully freewheeling European kind of way.

Full Review… | June 5, 2014
Arizona Republic
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It's all very busy, and cute, and, um, French ...

Full Review… | May 30, 2014
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Audience Reviews for Chinese Puzzle

A romantic comedy masterpiece; genuinely heartfelt and funny, it's the third part in a series that began with Pot Luck and was followed by Russian Dolls but can be seen without prior knowledge. The cast are joyous, the photography is beautiful and the film feels wonderfully fresh and idiosyncratic. A joy.

Daniel Parsons

Super Reviewer

Really liked this the most out of the "trilogy" so far. Xavier finally grew up (between Russian Dolls and Chinese Puzzle I guess), and isn't douchy at all now. I guess you could say his kids matured him. The film isn't nearly as random feeling as the other two. I also liked the continuing friendship between Xavier and Isabelle - I'm glad it stays platonic (even with her being a lesbian I expected it to happen at some point). There aren't enough strong friendships between (attractive and single, and even if it may not count since she's a lesbian) men and women that 100% stay platonic portrayed in films and TV. Having more Audrey Tautou in your film always helps as well, and the rekindled relationship between Martine and Xavier works as well (though I really liked Wendy, whom had more of a role in Russian Dolls). It'll be interesting to see if there will be a new installment in the "French 'Before'" series.


Not as laugh out loud funny as the previous 2 in the trilogy, but perhaps that's a by-product of nearing 40 (like the protagonists). Solid acting and nostalgic snippets of NYC life about, but what's nicest about this series is the blend of cultures that go into each of the characters, which now extend across the Atlantic. Xavier's elder son was the darling of this show.

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