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

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Five years after their summer together in Barcelona, Xavier, William, Wendy, Martine and Isabelle reunite. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Romain Duris ... Xavier Rousseau

Kelly Reilly ... Wendy

Audrey Tautou ... Martine

Cécile De France ... Isabelle

Kevin Bishop ... William
Evguenya Obraztsova ... Natacha

Irene Montalà ... Neus

Gary Love ... Edward

Lucy Gordon ... Celia Shelburn

Aïssa Maïga ... Kassia
Martine Demaret ... Mère Xavier
Pierre Cassignard ... Platane
Olivier Saladin ... Gérard
Pierre Gérald ... Grand-père

Zinedine Soualem ... M. Boubaker

Hélène Médigue ... Madame Vanpeteguem
Carole Franck ... Productrice TV
Robert Plagnol ... Auteur série

Nicolas Briançon ... Directeur série
Julien Guéris ... Jean-Édouard

Laura Weissbecker ... Odile

Frédérique Bel ... Barbara
Sophie Barbe ... Caroline - copine Isa 1
Julie Durand ... Juliette - copine Isa 2
Catherine Lebegue ... Copine 'cogneuse'
Florence d'Azémar ... Copine fête Isabelle
Fatiha Cheriguene ... Nounou Grand-père
Marie-Renée George ... Concierge Xavier
Igor Gusev ... Père Natacha (as Igor Ivanovich Gousev)
Elena Soloveva ... Mère Natacha (as Elena Evguenievna Soloviyova)
Aleksandr Karpukhov ... Frère Natacha (as Aleksandr Ivanovich Korpukhov)

Nicholas Day ... Père William
Amanda Boxer ... Mère William
Julien Hans di Capua ... Copain Celia Moscou

Jake Canuso ... Miguel

Ksenia Kaas ... Traductrice Russe (as Ksenia Zaitseva)

Katrina Vasilieva ... Chorégraphe russe (as Katerina Vasiliera)
Julien Pabion ... Mac Master
Agathe Robilliard ... Journaliste 'prune'
Annette Faure ... Journaliste Cosmo
Lannick Gautry ... Snowboarder
Anne Steffens ... Copine Xavier 1
Stéphanie Ricco ... Copine Xavier 2 (as Stéphanie Recco)
Isabelle Joly ... Copine Xavier 3
Federico D'Anna ... Alessandro

Barnaby Metschurat ... Tobias

Christian Pagh ... Lars

Cristina Brondo ... Soledad
Amin Djakliou ... Lucas

Bernard Haller ... Michel Hermann - Editor
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Cédric Klapisch ... Man on TGV (uncredited)
Amanda Jane Manning ... Ballet Dancer (uncredited)
Stéphanie Montreux ... Ballet Dancer (uncredited)
Philippe Soucy ... Delivery man (uncredited)
Eléonore Stern ... La fille de la gare (uncredited)

Directed by
Cédric Klapisch 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Cédric Klapisch 

Produced by
Matthew Justice .... producer
Bruno Levy .... producer
Elena Yatsura .... executive producer: Russia
 
Original Music by
Loïc Dury 
Bruno Epron Mahmoudi 
Laurent Levesque 
Christophe Minck  (as Christophe 'Disco' Minck)
 
Cinematography by
Dominique Colin 
 
Film Editing by
Francine Sandberg 
 
Casting by
Jeanne Millet 
 
Production Design by
Marie Cheminal 
 
Art Direction by
Tim Stevenson 
 
Costume Design by
Anne Schotte 
 
Makeup Department
Laurence Boulet .... assistant hair stylist
Judith Gayo .... key makeup artist
Jane Milon .... key hair stylist
Véronique Nguyen .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Laurent Blu .... assistant unit manager
Henri Deneubourg .... assistant unit manager
Nigel Dennis .... post-production supervisor: UK
Benjamin Dewaele .... assistant unit manager
Anne Ferignac .... unit production manager
Caroline Levy .... production manager: UK
Antoine Rabaté .... post-production manager
Jacques Royer .... line production manager
Antoine Théron .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Matthew Baker .... second assistant director: UK
Paul Bennett .... third assistant director
Ophélie Gelber .... second assistant director
Gabriel Levy .... trainee assistant director
Samantha Mialet .... trainee assistant director
Adam Morris .... third assistant director: UK
Bertrand Normand .... second unit director
Eric Pujol .... first assistant director
Kira Sinelshikova .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Daniel Ainslie .... props
Marie Cheminal .... production designer: France
Chris Edwards .... production design: UK
Neil Griffiths .... dressing props
Stephanie Guitard .... set decorator: France
Stephanie Guitard .... set dresser
Emmanuel Lechat .... upholsterer
Chloé Leguay .... second assistant art director
Christophe Perruchi .... property master
Thierry Poulet .... head painter
Shirley Robinson .... set decorator: UK
Florian Sanson .... art director: France
Florian Sanson .... first assistant art director
Tim Stevenson .... art director: UK
 
Sound Department
Stéphane Brunclair .... sound editor
Edouard d'Heucqueville .... sound mix technician
Dominique Dalmasso .... sound re-recording mixer
Sergey Ekinow .... sound assistant: Russia
Ben Greaves .... second boom operator
Tirso Guinon .... theatre assistant mixer
Judith Guittier .... assistant foley artist
Alain Lévy .... post-synchronization
Laurent Lévy .... foley artist
Cyril Moisson .... sound
Xavier Prêtre .... sound trainee
Jean-François Schenegg .... boom operator: auditorium
James Seddon .... dolby consultant
Remi Stengel .... assistant re-recording mixer
 
Visual Effects by
Philippe Aubry .... Inferno artist
Seb Caudron .... visual effects supervisor: def2shoot
David Danesi .... visual effects producer
Jérôme Dubacq .... IT assistant
Vincent Dudouet .... digital compositor: Def2shoot
Sebastien Dupuis .... digital compositor
Sylvian Fabre .... Flame artist
Sylvian Fabre .... compositing supervisor
Aurelie Lajoux .... digital compositor
Bertrand Levallois .... visual effects producer
Amandine Moulinet .... vfx assistant coordinator
 
Stunts
Gilles Conseil .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Loïc Andrieu .... Steadicam operator
Olivier Berquet .... gaffer
Julian Bucknall .... first assistant camera: London
Michel Dechaud .... key grip
Bertrand Etienne .... assistant camera
Mounia Lamrani .... assistant camera
Mark Milsome .... first assistant camera: London
Jérôme Plon .... still photographer
Galatae Politis .... first assistant camera (as Galatée Politis)
Olivier Raffet .... insert cinematographer
Kathy Sebbah .... trainee assistant camera
Matilda Smith .... second assistant camera: London
Colin Strachan .... key grip: London
Mathieu Szpiro .... electrician
Jean-Mary Vodoz .... grip
Philippe Wegiel .... lighting technician
 
Casting Department
Chuck Douglas .... extras casting
Christophe Istier .... extras casting
Sue Jones .... casting: uk
Jeanne Millet .... extras casting
Hermine Poitou .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Leila Adjir .... costumer
Julia Patkos .... costume design assistant
 
Editorial Department
Denis Bedlow .... additional assistant editor
Céline Cloarec .... additional assistant editor
Sophie Denize .... digital intermediate producer
Caroline Dulac .... assistant editor
Christine Szymkowiak .... digital colorist
Faye Walkington .... post operations manager
 
Music Department
Simon Andrieux .... musician: trombone
Steve Argüelles .... music supervisor
Benoît Baume .... musician: guitar
Guillaume Dutrieux .... musician: trumpet and flugel horn
Yann Jankielewicz .... musician: saxophon
Grégoire Korniluk .... musician: cello
Laurent Levesque .... music arranger
Laurent Levesque .... orchestrator
Christophe Minck .... musician: bass, guitar and melodica (as Christophe 'Disco' Minck)
Felix Niel .... musician: synthesizer
Avril Philippe .... music mixer
Avril Philippe .... music recording engineer
Tony Truant .... musician: ukulele and guitar
 
Transportation Department
Barry Goodwin .... unit driver: London
 
Other crew
Francis Auguy .... travelling car
Saga Blanchard .... production coordinator
Stéphane Boulay .... travelling car
Eric Brocherie .... credits design
Gilles Cappelletto .... travelling car
Seb Caudron .... title designer
Gilles Conseil .... motorcycle track shot
Barbara Constantine .... script supervisor
Lola Doillon .... making-of director
Bruno Epron Mahmoudi .... programmer
Georges Gautier .... caterer
Séverine Guignard .... production secretary
Tony Hood .... location manager
David Kerney .... production accountant
Cindy Le Templier .... location scout: Paris
Casey Levie .... floor runner: UK
Judith Lionnet .... production assistant
Jaynie Miller .... production coordinator: London
Julien Perrin .... video conforming
Camille Servignat .... assistant production coordinator
Géraldine Toitot .... production administrator
Clive Trott .... location manager
Frédéric Vialle .... location manager
Martin Wady .... location manager
Adam White .... location manager: UK
Ira Zloczower .... production executive
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Les poupées russes" - France (original title)
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Runtime:
125 min | Germany:129 min
Country:
Color:
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Brazil:16 | Brazil:14 (Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival) | Chile:TE | Czech Republic:12 | Finland:K-11 | France:U | Germany:6 | Iceland:12 | Malaysia:(Banned) | Netherlands:12 | Singapore:M18 | South Korea:15 | Sweden:Btl | Switzerland:12 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:12 (canton of Vaud) | Switzerland:14 (canton of Zurich) | UK:15

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The Kookai store where Cassia works is at 155, Rue de Rennes in the 6th arrondissement of Paris.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
William:The very first time I saw her I knew at that point, cross my heart hope to die... my life'd never be the same again.
Xavier:[Xavier thinks] Ok that's it a love story is first of all a story.
William:Yeah, well, she just appeared in my life, just like an angel. Probably sounds a bit stupid.
Xavier:No, no, not at all. Go ahead.
William:Well, we saw each other everyday before and after each performance. And I would watch the show every single night, and the only person I could see was her... That Russian company played there for 2 weeks, and eventually of course, you know, they had to move on. And I realized I didn't even know her name. I didn't have an address, a number, nothing!
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Movie Connections:
References The Maltese Falcon (1941)See more »
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48 out of 71 people found the following review useful.
I'm Too Old For This, 12 August 2007
Author: groggo from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Somebody reviewed this film earlier and called it 'totally awesome'. Somehow, that was appropriate. This is EXACTLY the kind of film that appeals to people who use the word 'awesome' to describe everything from car crashes to runaway squirrels.

I'm past middle age, and should be ashamed of myself for even watching this 'confection,' which reminded me of a VERY long PG version of the TV show Friends, and, like, we all know that show is, like, so totally awesome, ah, like.

I've seen variations on this 'plot' (??) roughly six thousand times over the past ten years -- talented guys (they're ALWAYS talented guys: usually writers; no menial slapheads in dead-end jobs need apply) who just can't decide if they love X,Y, or Z, and X,Y, or Z can't decide if they love A,B, or C. Meanwhile, lesbians or gay men keep popping in and out along the way, accompanied by estranged parents who magically seem to end up back together after years of hating each other. In short, this film is driven by formula (and profit); it is designed to attract the optimum number of audiences, irrespective of age, gender or sexual orientation.

Giveth unto me a break.

Russian Dolls is laughable because of the hysteria over the subject matter: that is, the whole meaning of human existence amounts to whether or not you're going to find Mr. or Ms. Right. Forget Socratic enquiry or the guru on the mountain: life is a titanic struggle between testosterone and estrogen. Bernard Shaw's famous line ('youth is a wonderful thing; too bad it's wasted on the young') is on full display in this movie.

The massive computer dating racket (sorry, industry?) is clogged with miserable people who thought they found 'love' in their 20s. Inevitably, they married and shortly thereafter found this 'love' was actually just a bad case of overheated loins. Unbridled lust is not a reliable indicator of the hopelessly complex nature of 'love,' but when you watch movies like Russian Dolls, you'd think it was.

This is ostensibly a French movie, but it very much resembles what is pumped out of the Hollywood factory about once a week on average (or is it just my imagination?). What Russian Dolls DOES offer that's out of the ordinary is some terrific post-card scenery (London, Barcelona, St. Petersburg, Paris).

Anchoring this pleasant fluff (it really IS pleasant; stupid, but pleasant) is Romain Duris, who perfectly fits the central casting requirement of the hapless hero who just can't seem to get it together. Think of a Gallic version of Friends' David Schwimmer. The problem with Duris (and many other current actors like him) is that he's playing a 'type' that has been played countless times before. Couldn't an actor just sleep-walk through this part? Duris is a likable (maybe even lovable) clod, but I'm not sure about his acting skills. I just saw him in the 2007 French film Moliere, and somebody should file a lawsuit for criminal miscasting.

The dialogue in Russian Dolls is pretty pedestrian (actually, unintentionally hilarious), but overall the thing that really irritated me was the length. It just wouldn't stop. At 2 hours, 5 minutes on my clock, I was near the breaking point before it mercifully wrapped up and went home. It really shouldn't take more than, say, 80 minutes to tell this story, which has been told many, many, many times before. In essence, it's really just a dressed-up, extended (and expensive) version of a sitcom episode.

Other than all of the above, Russian Dolls is, like, you know, like, totally awesome. Ah, dude.

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