In 2002, the Spanish hostel multiplied the protagonists
In 2005, Russian dolls featured the hero’s girlfriends
In 2013, the Chinese puzzle was back to basics
The end of Cédric Klapisch’s trilogy will be rebroadcast this evening on NRJ12.
The first poster of the end of the trilogy of Cedric Klapisch takes up the patchwork aspect of the posters of The Spanish inn and Russian Dolls. By putting forward a lot less characters, however. To present the 2002 film, the director had mixed all the members of the roommate ‘. In 2005, Xavier (Romain Duris) came back to the center, surrounded by all the women who then counted in his life. Would the hero finally have a less messy life? On the official visual of Chinese puzzle, the distribution is reduced to the essentials. We see him surrounded by Wendy (Kelly reilly), Martine (Audrey Tautou) and Isabelle (Cecile from France), but there is no longer any trace of his other roommates, which is logical since he does not see them again. But we also do not see the new characters he will meet in New York. In order to get back to basics?
In this sequel, Xavier is exiled to the United States, following his separation from Wendy. Wanting to live near his daughter and son, he changes his life completely. And stabilizes? Not so fast: a clue suggests that his daily life will not be the calmest: the lines of the title (which, in itself, still evokes a real puzzle). In the trailer for the film, the character says that unlike most people, he fails to move forward. “from point A to point B” and we find this idea here. We also note that the theme of fatherhood is important: below the title, we discover the two children of (almost) forty years old. How is Xavier going to get by now that his wife is gone, that he has to take care of his kids, take responsibility for being the father of his lesbian girlfriends’ babies and keep in touch with Martine?
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When it was released in 2013, First had really liked this end of the trilogy, perfectly in the vein of The Spanish inn and at the same time more mature. Here is our review, signed by Isabelle Danel: “What is sometimes beautiful in the cinema is to see characters grow up and the actors who play them. Xavier and his friends were 25 years old when we met them in The Spanish Inn, they were in their thirties in Les Poupées. Russians and, today, quarantine awaits them. However, we do not change the stripes of the zebra, and age does not transform us. We evolve, we get used to. By putting together scattered pieces of his existence, Xavier embarks on a new novel which is also the frame of the film, with flash-back and flash-forward. The women of his life (Isabelle, Martine, Wendy) are still there, with their ups and downs. pot that is New York, in the heart of a very cinégénic Chinatown, Cédric Klapisch recreates a colorful, endearing human mosaic, and addresses many social topics (medically assisted procreation, white marriage, blended family …) in through a real comedy. He finds the shapes and the gimmi staging cks that sprinkled the first two films and manages to renew them, to reinvent them. It also introduces sequences that bring a certain distance – a meeting with Schopenhauer or Hegel, comments via Skype of the editor, played by Dominique Besnehard. Thanks to the latter and his remark on “the atrocious happy end”, we accept an extended end. But before that the film is lively, funny and lively from start to finish. The evolutions of the actors stick perfectly and without artifice to those of their doubles on the screen, and this success is beautiful to see. “
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Trailer of Chinese puzzle :