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Title: Chinese Puzzle (Casse-tête chinois) Cohen Media Group Reviewed for CompuServe ShowBiz by Tami Smith (Guest Reviewer). Data-based on Rotten Tomatoes Grade: B+ Director: Cédric Klapisch Screenplay: Cédric Klapisch Cast: Romain Duris, Audrey Tautou, Cécile De France, Kelly Reilly Opens: May 18, 2014 Those of us who ever wandered what life brought to L’Auberge Espagnole’s characters Xavier (Romain Duris), Wendy (Kelly Reilly), Martine (Audrey Tautou) and Isabelle (Cécile De France) are in for a great treat. There is a third part to this story, which director Cédric Klapisch is eager to tell. Living in Paris for ten years Xavier have been married to Wendy and is now an adoring father [ Read More ]
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- Harvey Karten
"It's funny that you find life so complicated." Today's indie trailer is for a film called Chinese Puzzle, or Casse-tête chinois in French, another third film in a charming romantic comedy trilogy about a couple and their lives over the years. The film features the same cast/characters from Cédric Klapisch's Russian Dolls and The Spanish Apartment, including Romain Duris as Xavier Rousseau, along with Audrey Tautou, Kelly Reilly, Toshiko Onizawa, Cécile de France and Sandrine Holt. While it is a French film, they do speak English and it takes place mostly in New York City, and doesn't look that bad at all. I'll check it out. Watch the official trailer for Cédric Klapisch's Chinese Puzzle, found via YouTube: 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 »
- Alex Billington
Already megawatt stars in France, Audrey Tautou and Romain Duris have seen their star shine across international borders too. And together they make a pretty attractive package. While they most recently teamed for Michel Gondry's "Mood Indigo," the duo are perhaps best known for their ensemble dramedies with director Cédric Klapisch, "Pot Luck" and "Russian Dolls." And they've once again teamed with the filmmaker for another tale in the saga started in those movies. "Chinese Puzzle" brings together a cast that also includes Kelly Reilly, Cecile De France, Sandrine Holt and more, for the story of a 40-year-old father of two, who splits from his wife who moves with the kids to New York City. He follows along to be closer to his children, but in order to stay in the country, he becomes the father of a child to two lesbians, marries a Chinese woman and also winds »
- Kevin Jagernauth
"L'Auberge Espagnole," "Russian Dolls" -- now "Chinese Puzzle," the third installment of Cédric Klapisch's trilogy about a group of international friends, has arrived, and premieres in New York and Los Angeles on May 16th before expanded in following weeks. After his ex-wife Wendy (Kelly Reilly) leaves him in Paris to move with their kids to New York, Xavier (Romain Duris) follows his family to the city and attempts to piece together a life while writing a novel and basically un-jumbling everything else. "Chinese Puzzle" was a big hit in its native France and stars Duris and Reilly as well as Audrey Tautou and Cécile De France from the two earlier films in the trilogy. Check out the colors, charmingly awkward tensions and fun dance sequences in the trailer, exclusive to Indiewire, below: »
- Taylor Lindsay
Mood indigo.. Mood Indigo… you’re saying to yourself. Where have I heard about that film before?Well it was way back in Jan 2013 when Tambay first wrote about Michel Gondry's visually fanciful romance movie, which was scheduled to open here last year. However, the film which co-stars Omar Sy (The Intouchables, X Men Days of Future Past) and Aissa Magia, along with Romain Duris and Audrey Tautou, and which deals with a “wealthy couple that endure hardship when she falls ill with the strange ailment of "water lily in the lung," never saw the light of day here.But if you’re in the Chicago area, and more than curious to finally see the film, which was nominated for three Cesar »
Directed by Michel Gondry
Adapted from Boris Vian’s cult novel, commonly translated as Froth on the Daydream, Michel Gondry’s latest film is a riotous, whimsical journey with a lot more to say than initially meets the eye. The opening sequence threatens to drown you in a cavalcade of offbeat animation and special effects, including a stop motion eel, an insect-like doorbell, a TV chef who passes ingredients through the screen and a miniature man dressed up like a mouse. Gondry’s indulgence throws down the gauntlet right away – either you’re in or you’re out. Mood Indigo can be bewildering, exasperating, infuriating, but, then again, it can be utterly transportive.
- Rob Dickie
Director: Francois Ozon
Writer: Francois Ozon
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
Cast: Romain Duris, Anais Demoustier, Raphael Personnaz
Man, Francois Ozon is on a roll. His last film, Young & Beautiful just premiered at Cannes 2013 in the Main Competition and he’s already in post-production on his next, I Am Woman, which seems to have been recently re-titled The New Girlfriend. Never at a loss for top notch talent, Ozon headlines his latest with two of France’s most sought after leading men, Romain Duris (who Us audiences should recognize from Heartbreaker, Populaire, and several well known Klapisch titles) and Raphael Personnaz (Vronsky in Joe Wright’s Anna Karenina) while hot commodity Anais Demoustier plays the female lead.
Gist: Penned by Ozon (pictured above) and based on a novel by British auteur Ruth Rendell,” Girlfriend” turns on Claire, »
- Nicholas Bell
Paris– L.A.-based Colcoa (City of Lights, City of Angels) festival will turn the spotlight on Cedric Klapisch, the popular French helmer of “Auberge Espagnole” and more recently “Chinese Puzzle” with Romain Duris, Audrey Tautou and Cecile de France.
Succeeding to Bertrand Blier, Alain Resnais and Costa Gavras, among other famed French directors, Klapisch will be the Focus on Filmmaker honoree of the 18th edition. He will be on hand to present his 2002 hit dramedy “L’Auberge Espagnole” followed by the premiere of his latest pic, the New York-set pic “Chinese Puzzle,” ahead of its U.S. release which will be handled by Cohen Media Group in May. Klapisch will also meet the audience for a Happy Hour Talk panel discussing his work.
- Elsa Keslassy
Paris– Catherine Deneuve starrer “On My Way,” Arnaud and Jean-Marie Larrieu’s “Love Is The Perfect Crime” and Serge Bozon’s “Tip Top” are among the 24 films set to make their North American premieres at the 19th edition of Rendez-Vous with French Cinema in New York.
In line with last year’s edition, the New York rendez-vous will mostly feature auteur-driven dramas and very few mainstream comedies and genre pics.
Under the leadership of prexy Jean-Paul Salome and exec director Isabelle Giordano, the fest will highlight emerging French directors boosting what the org calls the “next New Wave.”
Among the up-and-comers set to be showcased by Unifrance are: Sebastien Betbeder (“2 Autumns, 3 Winters”), Guillaume Brac (“Tonnerre”), Thierry de Peretti (“Les Apaches”), Katell Quillevere (“Suzanne”), Axelle Ropert (“Miss And The Doctors”), Justine Triet (“The »
- Elsa Keslassy and John Hopewell
Linking Europe’s biggest production force with one of French’s senior producers, European film-tv group Studiocanal has boarded the new film from French filmmaker Maiwenn, “Rien ne sert de courir,” which stars Emmanuelle and Vincent Cassel.
Described as a passionate love story, “Rien” is produced by Alain Attal at his Paris-based Les Productions du Tresor, which is best-known for producing all the films of Guillaume Canet, including the Music Box-released crime thriller “Tell No One,” which grossed $6.2 million at the U.S. box office in 2008, plus Romain Duris’ toplined “Populaire,” and Maiwenn’s “Polisse.”
“Rien” will be co-produced by Studiocanal and France 2 Cinema, in association with Canal+ and France Televisions. Studiocanal handles all distribution rights as well as international sales.
Principal photography will commence March 10, for 11 weeks, on location in and around Paris and in the south-west France.
- John Hopewell and Elsa Keslassy
London — Scotland’s Glasgow Film Festival, which runs Feb. 20-March 2, will open with the U.K. premiere of Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” and will close with the Scottish premiere of Jonathan Glazer’s “Under the Skin,” which was partly filmed in the city.
The fest has 60 U.K. premieres, including: “My Name is Hmmm…,” the feature film directorial debut from French fashion icon agnès b.; “Mr Morgan’s Last Love,” starring Michael Caine and Clemence Poesy; Michel Gondry’s “Mood Indigo,” starring Romain Duris and Audrey Tautou; Kristin Scott Thomas and Daniel Auteuil starrer “Before the Winter Chill”; Thomas Imbach’s “Mary Queen of Scots”; “The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out »
- Leo Barraclough
The Glasgow Film Festival has announced the line-up for its tenth year, and Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel leads the charge, getting its UK premiere as the Opening Gala film. Anderson’s period piece will kick off proceedings, but it’s not the only UK premiere playing at the festival. Also confirmed is Mood Indigo, Michel Gondry’s latest. A quirk-tastic fantasy about a woman with flowers growing in her lungs, it stars Romain Duris and Audrey Tautou. Plus, there’s also Mr Morgan’s Last Love, with Michael Caine and Clémence...
- Total Film
Cassel will star opposite Emmanuelle Bercot, who co-wrote and starred in “Polisse.” Project reunites Maiwenn with “Polisse” producer Alain Attal at Les Productions du Tresor, the shingle behind Guillaume Canet’s “Blood Ties” and Romain Duris starrer “Populaire.”
The plot of “Courir” is being kept under wrap. Its title is inspired by a famous Jean de la Fontaine fable.
Lensing is skedded for March 3.
“Polisse,” a gritty drama set at a Paris’ child protection unit, competed at Cannes, where it won a Jury award and earned warm reviews. »
- Elsa Keslassy
Paris – She bursts into the room, apologizes for being late (she hardly is), asks for a coffee.
Some actors are bigger than you expect: Think Tim Robbins, a gentle giant. Many are smaller (Mel Gibson). Audrey Tautou is just mega-slender, mignon, as the French have it: Pert nose, pert hair, eyes as dark as almonds.
She has an effect on men. Tautou has agreed to work the international press at a UniFrance Rendez-vous junket in one of Paris’ most-lap-of-luxury Grand Boulevards hotels. For the group interview, a rough half-dozen journalists sit slumped in a ragged campfire circle of chairs. Some wear dufflecoats, others jerseys that might be better used for a cold day’s gardening. Even in jeans and a blue jean shirt, Tautou still exudes a touch of Audrey Hepburn chic effortlessly.
One senior British journalist has cunningly managed to sit two chairs down from the interpreter. He zealously »
- John Hopewell
Paris – The 16th UniFrance Rendez-vous gathered 150 journalists from Europe and beyond to screen screeners and conduct interviews with the makers and stars of the latest crop of French films now rolling out across the world. Variety asked a clutch of them to opine – something that’s in their DNA – on which title at the junket had the best box office prospects in their territory, the best performances in a junket film, and – at time when UniFrance is tubthumping for thesps to put their backs behind the promotion of the films they star in, who was really good value in an interview. The poll is no Variety Rendez-vous Awards, but it tips its hat to some potential box office hits, in relative terms, and engaging perfs on and off the screen.
Richard Mowe, Cinefile, U.K.
Best B.O. Prospects
This has to be “Chinese Puzzle” which scored highly with audiences »
- John Hopewell
Paris – “Cedric Klapisch is a great director and has a real writing talent for original stories and extraordinary ability to tap into the vibes, the contemporary trends of a society,” said Olivier Courson, chairman-ceo of Studiocanal that has co-produced Klapisch’s last four movies with Bruno Levy. Still playing French cinemas, where it has grossed $13,4 million and counting, “Chinese Puzzle,” the third part of a franchise begun with “L’Auberge espagnole” and “Russian Dolls” will be talked up at this weekend’s Unifrance Rendez-vous by Audrey Tautou and Klapisch himself. “Chinese Puzzle” follows Xavier (Romain Duris, older, a touch wiser), to New York where Wendy (Kelly Reilly) has taken their two children to live with her new American flame. Initially kipping on the couch of Isabelle (Cecile de France), his passion for Martine (Audrey Tautou) rekindles when she swings by New York with two children of her own. Variety caught »
- John Hopewell
It.s been far too many years since audiences have gotten to see director Michel Gondry.s imagination make it to the screen in unfettered form, as last year.s The We and the I was centered in reality and The Green Hornet before that was not the kind of fantasy film Gondry fans want to see. Luckily, his next film Mood Indigo looks like his most visually ambitious effort yet, and U.S. audiences will soon be able to see it now that Drafthouse Films has acquired the rights. To celebrate the occasion, they also released a new still from the film, seen above, which unfortunately doesn.t involve miniature musicians or swaths of flowers. Mood Indigo is based on the 1947 novel L.Écume des Jours from French author Boris Vian. It centers on the blossoming romance that forms between Colin (Romain Duris) and Chloé (Audrey Tautou), resulting in »
Drafthouse Films has acquired U.S. rights to Michel Gondry’s “Mood Indigo” from Studiocanal, the distributor announced Monday. A return to the surreal landscape of emotion and imagination for Gondry, “Mood Indigo” showcases the acclaimed auteur’s signature whimsical aesthetics, gorgeous cinematography and colorfully eccentric characters. The film is a love story set in a charmingly surreal Paris about two newlyweds, Chloe (Audrey Tautou) and Colin (Romain Duris), whose whirlwind courtship is tested when an unusual illness plagues Chloe — a flower begins to grow in her lungs. Also Read: Drafthouse Buys Movie ‘The Final Member’ – About World’s Lone »
- Jeff Sneider
In a busy Monday for acquisitions, Michel Gondry’s romance Mood Indigo, Tom Berninger’s doc on The National, Mistaken for Strangers, and Daniel Patrick Carbone’s indie favorite Hide Your Smiling Faces all found homes with theatrical distributors. Drafthouse Films snapped up Indigo, which stars Audrey Tatou and Romain Duris and has a certain Amelie vibe to it. The film premiered at Karlovy Vary last year rather than one of the big fall fests, so it’s maybe not surprising that an emerging distributor like Drafthouse has picked up the film rather than a bigger and more established outfits. Drafthouse boss Tim League said of the purchase, “Not since Amelie have […] »
- Nick Dawson
Heads up, Michel Gondry fans! Drafthouse Films are about to make your day:austin, TX - January 13, 2014 - Drafthouse Films, the film distribution arm of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, announced today the acquisition from Studiocanal of Us rights to acclaimed auteur Michel Gondry's (Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind) return to the surreal landscape of emotion and imagination Mood Indigo. Showcasing Gondry's signature whimsical aesthetics, gorgeous cinematography and colorfully eccentric characters, Mood Indigo is a love story set in a charmingly surreal Paris about two newlyweds, Chloe (Audrey Tautou, Amélie, Coco Before Chanel) and Colin (Romain Duris, The Beat My Heart Skipped), whose whirlwind courtship is tested when an unusual illness plagues Chloe; a flower begins to grow in her lungs. Adapted from Boris...
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