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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 Solovyova ... 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)
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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
Zaki Allal .... assistant re-recording mixer
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
 
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
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Aspect Ratio:
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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

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Trivia:
The Kookai store where Cassia works is at 155, Rue de Rennes in the 6th arrondissement of Paris.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: 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 »
Quotes:
Wendy:Maybe the day to day dirt is part of love.See more »
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20 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
life isn't a long quiet river, 15 December 2005
Author: dbdumonteil

So, here's one of the most anticipated movies of the year 2005 and the sequel to one of the biggest French hits in 2002: "l'Auberge Espagnole" which also acts as a commendable and valuable ambassador for French cinema abroad, "les Poupees Russes".

Lucid, the director Cédric Klapisch didn't opt for "l'Auberge Espagnole 2". Anyway one can't renew the Erasmus stay (which I am currently experiencing!) a second time. "Les Poupees Russes" has nothing in common with the corny sequels that Hollwood cinema has been cramming us for years. And as Francis Veber once said: "what is a sequel? It's generally a shoddy remake of the original movie". So Cédric Klapisch finds again his character of Xavier and undertook to tell his life in his early thirties. Five years after his experience as an Erasmus student in Spain, he is back. He had said in the first movie:"my life has always been a mess and will always be...". These words appear to be visionary. His life is far from satisfying him: he has become a writer but he has to pen biographies of celebrities and scenarios for mawkish sitcoms. His private life is hardly better: he struggles hard to find the perfect girl though his charismatic part. In short, it's a rather murky life and have a look at the cover of the film. It depicts Xavier who moves forward, with a puzzled air. He is surrounded by pretty girls. Which one is the the perfect one? And anyway, does the perfect girl exist? And why do we have to love just one girl and not several ones. These are some the questions that Klapisch raises and doesn't bring a definitive answer to them. It's up to the audience to think about them on account of Klapisch's piece of work.

If Klapisch had built "l'Auberge Espagnole" from start to finish with as a source, his memories of cinema student in New York and her sister's who lived one year in Spain with other European fellows under the same roof, here one has to look in Truffaut's filmography for his credentials, more specifically the Antoine Doinel saga. Truffaut had shot in a series of films, the evolution of his favorite hero in his professional and private life. With "les Poupees Russes", it seems that we also have this beginning of device with so far better results for I am not really a Truffaut devotee. Would Xavier be the Antoine Doinel of the 2000's? Anything goes... Klapisch has his own trademark to shot the life or rather the various difficulties of his main figure and one is happy to realize that his film writing still works wonders. "Les Poupees Russes" looks like a sequel of a little maladjusted play lets in which Xavier tries to order a life eventually beyond his control. These play lets encompass a great thickness in their writing and a visual richness, the whole with a dash of humor and nostalgia. Their chief force is honesty: a substantial number of situations rings true and it's highly likely that the viewer has already known some of the filmed circumstances. And there's always this typical feature from the director to make a trite situation a dense one.

One word about the cast: it's a topnotch one. Romain Duris shines in a part that was tailor-made for him. He has never been so good with Klapisch. All his European sidekicks are present with a special mention to Kelly Reilly and Kevin Bishop as William, the future married in a more subdued part than in "l'Auberge Espagnole". He has found a soul mate and matured in spite of an explosive apparition: "Hello Paris! Bonjour Paris!".

After the bitter memory left by Klapisch's adventure in the film noir with "Ni Pour Ni Contre (Bien Au Contraire), 2003", the year 2005 saw him on clover again with a forte he had tapped in "le Péril Jeune" (1994): a right chronicle on young people of different ages and an accurate appraisal of their feelings. "Les Poupees Russes" constitutes the second opus of a more than estimable duo. Will there be a third chapter on Xavier's life?

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