Chinese Puzzle (2013)
"Casse-tête chinois" (original title)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  16 May 2014 (USA)
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A 40-year-old father's life is complicated when the mother of his two children moves to New York. Since he can't bear them growing up far away from him, he decides to move there as well.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Flore Bonaventura ...
Isabelle de Groote - la babysitter
Hegel et Schopenhauer - les philosophes allemands
Monsieur Rousseau - le père de Xavier
Pablo Mugnier-Jacob ...
Tom Rousseau
Margaux Mansart ...
Mia Rousseau
Amin Djakliou ...
Clara Abbasi ...
L'agent bureau immigration


Xavier is now forty years old. So are Wendy, Isabelle and Martine. At forty you are supposed to be more mature and live a a steadier life than at twenty. But not Xavier. Well, to be fair, he has made some progress in the field of thoughtfulness (he has even become a writer) but as concerns his everyday life, it is far from well-ordered. To be totally honest it is not entirely Xavier's fault if his wife Wendy has suddenly left him for a new companion in New York and taken their two children with her. Realizing he can't stand living without them, Xavier decides to settle down in Big Apple in order to remain close to them. He finds a home in Chinatown and it does not take long before trouble comes his way. Written by Guy Bellinger

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for sexual content, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

16 May 2014 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Lo mejor de nuestras vidas  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$23,544 (USA) (16 May 2014)


$335,430 (USA) (11 July 2014)

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Sound Mix:

(Dolby 5.1)


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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A witty charmer of a movie

Your partner leaves you after she found new love in a far away land. You want to be close to your children so you relocate and become prepared to take any crappy job and live in any type of shithole in order to get by. Sounds complicated?

In case the above is not an intricate enough, you become a sperm donor to help a same sex couple have a child.

In the midst of all this, an old flame comes into town but how can you think about romance? Then again why not? After all, our character does not lead a complicated life, he just...lives.

Incredibly witty with a mixture of European/American sense of humour, it provides a refreshing angle to life itself and how it keeps going with its ups and downs.

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