Russian Dolls (Les Poupées Russes) (NR)

Comedy 125 May 10th, 2006
By Bill Gallo
The entertaining sequel to Cédric Klapisch's hip 2002 hit L'Auberge Espagnole catches up with the filmmaker's former student roommates five years later, all scattered from Barcelona now and approaching the landmark age of 30. They're still holding some fun tickets, but annoyances like maturity and melancholy are also creeping into their lives. The focus here is on Romain Duris's Xavier, now a struggling writer in Paris who's searching for a new romance. Among others, ex-Auberge residents Martine (Audrey Tautou), Isabelle (Cécile De France), and William (Kevin Bishop) also return, each with new comic quandaries and new directions. Shot on glamorous locations in London, Paris, and St. Petersburg (the site of a wedding that occasions the characters' reunion), Klapisch's busy, bittersweet farce fairly wallows in the youth-obsessed worlds of media, high fashion, and publishing. Those who loved the original Auberge will likely be eager to book rooms once again.
Cedric Klapisch Romain Duris, Kelly Reilly, Audrey Tautou, Cecile De France, Kevin Bishop, Evguenya Obraztsova, Irene Montalà, Gary Love, Lucy Gordon, Aïssa Maïga Cedric Klapisch Matthew Justice, Bruno Levy Cinema Libre Studio