Russian Dolls (Les Poupées Russes)

2006

Russian Dolls (Les Poupées Russes)

Critics Consensus

Like its predecessor L'Auberge Espagnole, Russian Dolls is charmingly breezy and light.

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Movie Info

Xavier and Wendy have to gather all their friends from Barcelona for the wedding of Wendy's brother to a beautiful Russian. Xavier is still looking for the perfect woman.

Cast

Romain Duris
as Xavier Rousseau
Kevin Bishop
as William
Federico D'Anna
as Alessandro
Martine Demaret
as Xavier's Mother
Pierre Gerald
as Xavier's Grandfather
Gary Love
as Edward
Ophie Barbe
as Caroline
Julie Durand
as Juliette
Sophie Barbe
as Caroline
Nicholas Day
as Wendy's Father
Amanda Boxer
as Wendy's Mother
Pierre Cohen Victor
as Xavier's Grandfather
Zinedine Soualem
as Mr. Boubaker
Carole Franck
as TV Producer
Hélène Médigue
as Madame Vanpeteguem
Robert Plagnol
as TV Writer
Nicolas Briançon
as TV Director
Julien Guéris
as Actor Playing Jean Edouard
Laura Weissbecker
as Actress Playing Odile
Bernard Haller
as Michel Hermann
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Critic Reviews for Russian Dolls (Les Poupées Russes)

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Audience Reviews for Russian Dolls (Les Poupées Russes)

  • Nov 21, 2015
    Rather enjoyable--more of the same from the characters of Auberge Espagnole--but the pandering attempts to involve all the previous characters in the story made the ending weak and the movie over-long. On top of that, the premise is kind of stupid: why are all these people reuniting for the wedding of the younger brother of their friend (a marginal character in the first film)? The first 90 minutes or so, I forgave a lot, and liked a lot, but in the end the film's a bit of a misfire that leaves a bad taste in your mouth, making you forget about its earlier promise.
    Daniel P Super Reviewer
  • Oct 02, 2011
    Despite its good moments, this is an unnecessary, forgettable sequel that relies too much on Xavier's disastrous search for love instead of focusing on the reunion of the friends of the first film. Good to see, though, that it doesn't get ruined by its poor narrative choices.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 21, 2009
    "L'auberge espagnole", although not flawless and very low-key, is probably one of the best films about nostalgia ever made. In "Les poupées russes", the main character of both films, Xavier (Duris), has coped well with his post-Erasmus nostalgia. However, what seemed, at the end of "L'auberge", to be both a cure and a new beginning has turned out to be much less of the latter. Xavier is nearly thirty and his life still badly needs focus. The film follows Xavier from Paris to London to Moscow to Saint-Petersburg, examining relationships with his ex-Erasmus friends (many of whom look like they got a hold on life better than himself), his ex-girlfriend Martine (Tautou) and various new lovers. The sceneries are exciting and the characters are crafted perhaps with even more care and sincerity than in "L'auberge" (the Duris-Tautou "still friends" duo is a delight) - but the romantic allure of "L'auberge" served well to smoothen the rough edges and dilute the film's hard-boiled message - writer-director Cédric Klapisch is definitely a man of ideas more than anything else. "Les poupées" is no less cerebral, but with the grown-up life being what it is, there's much less in the film to get carried away with - meaning that at times it becomes more of a philosophical drama than a romantic comedy. And for that purpose, perhaps the philosophical message that the film tries to convey - that letting go of dreams is a sad, but necessary part of growing up - is simply not strong enough.
    Cassandra M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 05, 2009
    It was alright. Xavier: If I think about all the girls I've known or slept with or just desired, they're like a bunch of Russian dolls. We spend our lives playing the game dying to know who'll be the last, the teeny-tiny one hidden inside all the others. You can't just get to her right away. You have to follow the progression. You have to open them one by one wondering, "Is she the last one?"
    Sam R Super Reviewer

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