Monday, February 28, 2011

Movie of the Week - Russian Dolls

This week’s movie is Russian Dolls (2005).

The romance comedy and sequel to L’Auberge Espagnole is about Xavier, a young writer who is trying to find meaning and love in his life, which he makes overly complicated (it takes place about five years after the events in L’Auberge Espagnole). The film is written and directed by Cedric Klapisch, who beings his pop-culture avant-garde style to the film, often being self-reflexive and surreal.  He brings back the same crew and almost all the actors from the first film, with music by Loic Dury, cinematography by Dominique Colin, production design by Marie Cheminal, and very interesting editing by Francine Sandberg. It has a fantastic international cast – Romain Duris (one of my favorite French actors) stars and is very funny, and there is supporting work from Kelly Reilly, Audrey Tautou, and Cecile De France. What makes the film great is Klapisch’s style and innovative storytelling mixed with the great performances by a mostly ensemble cast, with Duris in the middle as the protagonist. I also love the fact that both this film and the first have an international cast, feature dialogue in many languages and feature multiple locals. It brings Europe alive on the screen. I highly recommend both this films for fans of comedies. Check out the trailer.

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