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Les poupées russes (2005)

Unrated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 15 June 2005 (France)
Five years after their summer together in Barcelona, Xavier, William, Wendy, Martine and Isabelle reunite.

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Mère Xavier
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Platane
Olivier Saladin ...
Gérard
Pierre Gérald ...
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M. Boubaker
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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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Russian Dolls  »

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Budget:

$12,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$323,331 (USA) (22 September 2006)
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The second instalment of a trilogy written and directed by Cédric Klapisch, which follows the journey of Xavier from student to family man. The first chapter is the movie "L'auberge espagnole", released in 2002, and the final chapter is "Casse-tête chinois", released in 2013. See more »

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At the end of the film, Wendy greets Xavier on the Eurostar platform. Non-passengers are not permitted access to the platforms at Waterloo. See more »

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Natacha: [speaks in Russian to ask for the stage lights to be turned back on so that she can practice]
William: I-I don't - I don't speak Russian. Sorry.
William: [Natacha climbs up the ladder to reach him] Be careful.
Natacha: [in Russian] Hi. I was talking about the lights. I have to work a little bit longer. Just a bit.
William: I don't understand. Sorry.
Natacha: [in Russian] I need... the light. To work. Like that.
[William shrugs]
Natacha: Like the sun. On the stage.
William: Sunset? Light? Ok, ok. So you want the lights on.
Natacha: [in Russian] Yes.
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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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Featured in The Making of 'Russian Dolls' (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Izvorski Biseri
Performed by Boban Markovic Orchestra
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Arranged by Boban Markovic
Extract from album "Franfares en Folie - Golden Brass Summit"
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Fairly astonishing and ambitious fun...a fast one!
1 March 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Russian Dolls (2005)

You have to like such an inventive, fast, witty, and all the same convincing movie. This is funny in that fast, off the wall way "Amelie" was funny, though here I think it gets another level of complexity that not only makes you pay attention, but rewards your attention.

Leading man Romain Duris is subtle and charming (and what American girls would call "cute"), and he the thread through time in a long multi-tasking flashback with lots of editing and framing liberties. He seems to fall in love but not know what love is. He is a struggling writer who finds enough success to work on scripts that also become part of the movie. Though we start firmly in Paris, the story takes us many times to London, and to Russia, which makes for a tale of four cities in the best way.

The whole cast is pretty amazing, both comic and touching and convincing at the same time. People are chic and cool but flawed and quirky, too. And the cast is large, with a final party scene that brings most of them together (and for a little too long). It's a love story, and a good one.


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