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Russian Dolls (2005)
"Les poupées russes" (original title)

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Five years after their summer together in Barcelona, Xavier, William, Wendy, Martine and Isabelle reunite.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Evguenya Obraztsova ...
Martine Demaret ...
Mère Xavier
Pierre Cassignard ...
Olivier Saladin ...
Pierre Gérald ...
M. Boubaker


Xavier is now thirty. No longer a student, he is not yet a well-balanced, fulfilled adult either. His career is unsatisfying: Far from being the renowned novelist he aimed to be he must be content with little jobs such as reporter or ghost writer. His greatest "achievement" in "literature" is his collaboration to the script of a corny TV soap! His sentimental life is not much better, rhythmed by one night stands and unfinished romances. It looks as if when he seduces a woman beautiful outside and inside such as Kassia or Wendy he can't keep them. Will he ever bring his life into focus? Written by Guy Bellinger

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Release Date:

15 June 2005 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Russian Dolls  »

Box Office


$12,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,655,720 (France) (17 June 2005)


$323,331 (USA) (22 September 2006)

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The Kookai store where Cassia works is at 155, Rue de Rennes in the 6th arrondissement of Paris. See more »


In the stylized sequence in which Xavier imagines he is following Célia in the "Street with Perfect Proportions," the shadows don't match: The shots on Celia show almost no shadows, but in shots on Xavier, the street is almost completely in shadows. See more »


Kassia: Who is she?
Xavier: No - my ex, Martine.
Kassia: Not so "ex."
Xavier: She's my ex. It's over. Come in.
Kassia: One in, one out... That doesn't bother you at all.
Xavier: You don't understand.
Kassia: You just line 'em up and don't give a fuck.
Xavier: Exactly. If you don't like it, take a hike.
Kassia: What?
Xavier: Yeah! You're all fucking, stupid bitches! You got that? Now get lost!
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Crazy Credits

In the opening credits, each main character is portrayed with both a scene from the current movie and from the original one, 'L'Auberge Espagnole (2003)'. See more »


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A good film about romance!
27 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

We enjoyed this film and are planning on going back again. It was a good film about modern romance. It has a lot of depth. The story was good, and the editing was great, some visual treats.

The story covers a lot of ground but is very well paced,typified by the train going back and forth between London and Paris. Xavier, like many of the characters is experiencing love on many levels, not understanding everything that he is going through, and who hasn't experienced that! Sometimes we search for love, sometimes, like for William and Natacha you just know right away.

There were many great visual moments, but certainly there was one of the best "hand holding" scene's in a movie. The scene of Xavier and Wendy working in the library together was a wonderful visual ballet between two people working together. There were a lot of those moments in this film, that make us want to go back and see it again.

Even though the film is s sequel it stands very well on it's own.

We enjoyed, we hope you do too.

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