Thursday, October 20, 2005


Romantic comedy
Original title: Les poupées russes
In French with English subtitles

Romain Duris: Xavier, a free lance writer
Audrey Tautou: his ex-girlfriend, Martine
Cécile De France: his friend Isabelle, a television reporter
Kelly Reilly: Wendy, an experienced writer for English television “soaps”
Kevin Bishop: her brother William, a stagehand

Relationships are not always easy. That point is well made in this movie about a group of five people who once shared an apartment in Barcelona when they were students. They’ve grown up now but face other issues, like commitment.

Not officially classified but given the fact that there are at least 3 sexual encounters, brief drug use, partial nudity and a lengthy scene where one couple runs down the street completely nude with lingering frontal shots as they tire themselves out, I think the R rating I assigned is appropriate.

While a girl walks down the center line of the road, her shadow at first is on the left hand side but sometimes it can be seen on the right and then back again to the left.

During the wedding ceremony, the presiding official asks the bride if she, Natasha, will take this man etc but the sub-title incorrectly shows her name to be Natalie.

As an added bonus we get to see parts of Paris, London and St. Petersburg. Almost as good as going there in person…well not quite.

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