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As LES POUPEES RUSSES opens, Xavier is now thirty, making his living in Paris ghostwriting celebrity autobiographies and scripting soap operas, while the manuscript of his Barcelona novel languishes in neglect. He has gone through numerous relationships since his return from Spain, and wallows in self-pity with Isabelle and Martine, both still alone as well. After an exposition on the misery of these characters, the main plot is set into motion by two events. One is Xavier's commute to London to work on a script with Wendy, now a writer herself. The other is William's engagement to a Russian dancer and move to Saint Petersburg, where he invites all his friends for the wedding. Though I shall avoid spoilers here, I can say that it is through his involvement in these goings-on that Xavier finally finds the stability he was looking for.
Lars, Tobias, Soledad, and Alessando only appear in the Saint Petersburg scenes, and are granted only a few lines each. Though it is rather curious that these characters were brought for probably the most expensive filming in spite of their peripheral roles, the viewer feels no outrage that they get so little screen time.Read more ›
The story focuses on event five years after the Barcelona doings in 'L'Auberge Espagnole' and yet as the main character Xavier Rousseau (Romain Duris) narrates the current tale he finds the need for flashbacks to explain current circumstances. William (Kevin Bishop), the bigot from before who labeled roommate Tobias (Barnaby Metschurat) as a Nazi, has smoothed out a bit and in fact has found love in a Russian girl Natacha (Evguenya Obraztsova), a Russian ballet dancer who lives in St. Petersburg and the current story is supposed to be about their wedding in St. Petersburg which will also be a reunion for all the roommates from Barcelona. Xavier is a writer who is forced to be a ghostwriter for celebrities who want to publish memoirs because he has difficulty writing a silly television love series and is stuck in his writing of his own novel.Read more ›
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This trilogy is kind of like the Ethan Hawke / Julie Delpy one. I enjoyed it.Published 4 months ago by Paul Callahan
If you watched L' Auberge Spagnol, then you have to watch Russian Dolls as it is the second part of the series that finishes with Chinese Puzzle. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Ricardo Torres
Loved it. Some parte are silly but loved the movie. Can't to watch part 3!Published 7 months ago by Popi
I am a Francophile. This movie features a self-centered man-boy who abuses women. The language used is awful, although not untypical. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Bill Baity
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I noticed no issues with subs. Some people unfamiliar with French probably do not realize that some dialogue is repeated and therefore not translated again in the subtitles because it was just translated. This avoids redundancy. Or maybe they just had a faulty copy.
Feb 21, 2008 by Gavin D. | See all 2 posts