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Russian Dolls

Russian Dolls

cast: Romain Duris, Cécile de France, Audrey Tautou, Kevin Bishop, Kelly Reilly, Aïssa Maïga, Olivier Saladin, Zinedine Soualem, Evguenya Obraztsova, Julie Durand

year: 2005

colour: no


director: Cédric Klapisch.

runtime: 125

We last saw Xavier (Romain Duris) five years ago at the end of L’Auberge Espagnole (aka Pot Luck) literally running away from his new life as a civil servant. After the youthful exuberance of his time in Barcelona chronicled in that film, who’d want to measure out their life with coffee spoons? Picking up half a decade after the events of L’Auberge Espagnole, Cédric Klapisch’s sequel continues in the same light-hearted, Generation X vein, resulting in a consistently entertaining, episodic film with hilarious moments of magical realism. It combines farce, romance and not a little drama that despite its exotic mix, is at its heart a fairly conventional romantic comedy – and in these troublesome times that’s no bad thing. So if you’re looking for a fun, easy-going date movie appealing across the ages... then seek no further. And if you’re put off by subtitles then don’t be because almost half the film is in English. Year of release in the UK: 2006


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