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Casse-tête chinois (2013)

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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:
... Xavier Rousseau
... Martine
... Isabelle (as Cécile De France)
... Wendy
... Ju
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 ... Lucas
Clara Abbasi ... Jade
... Nancy
... Ray
... L'agent bureau immigration
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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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Rated R for sexual content, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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16 May 2014 (USA)  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$23,544, 16 May 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$335,430, 13 July 2014
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The last 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 second chapter is "Les poupées russes", released in 2005. See more »

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Chinese Puzzle (Générique de fin)
Performed by Kraked Unit
Label: Ce qui me meut / Believe Recordings
Copyright: Ce qui me meut, 2013
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Humorous romance, young/adult comedy
18 July 2014 | by See all my reviews

It's very watchable and, at 7/10, a definite, must watch for people who like gentle human comedy. It loses on an 8+ score from being slightly disjointed.

For those that have seen the previous movies this will definitely be an 8+, though ...

For starters, Audrey Tautou finally appears for more than 5 minutes. Raomin is, at last, not cast as a brainlessly immature asshole - even though he remains a zanily unpredictable persona. Jill, erm Kelly, actually comes across as if she almost finally grew up. And Ju is as adorable as ever as the eternal mother figure.

Humorous sarcasm aside, this film has all the qualities of its predecessors in being utterly human in its portrayals of the characters and wittily, if somewhat cynically, insightful in its portrayal of their circumstances.

If you want to watch a film that makes you more inclined to like humanity than to hate it, then you will smile your way through this one.


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