Russian Dolls (Les Poupées Russes) (2006)
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as Xavier Rousseau
as Xavier's Mother
as Xavier's Grandfather
as Wendy's Father
as Wendy's Mother
as Xavier's Grandfather
as Mr. Boubaker
as TV Producer
as Madame Vanpeteguem
as TV Writer
as TV Director
as Actor Playing Jean Edouard
as Actress Playing Odile
as Michel Hermann
Critic Reviews for Russian Dolls (Les Poupées Russes)
For those who saw and loved L'Auberge Espagnole, Russian Dolls automatically becomes of interest, but writer-director Cedric Klapisch can't quite make the case for it as a stand-alone experience.
Klapisch has made something deliciously close to a nature documentary about the young, the foolish, and the alive.
It's an effortlessly charming ensemble, and Klapisch's characters (most of them anyway) reveal depths of feeling that compensate for the film's lightweight tone and too-long running time.
[Xavier] turns this film into more of a self-fixated memoir, less of a blithe ensemble piece.
Audience Reviews for Russian Dolls (Les Poupées Russes)
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.
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.
"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.
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