Fans of French film will be keen to see Cédric Klapisch’s latest offering Chinese Puzzle, which opens in cinemas on Thursday 17 April.
Chinese Puzzle is a comedy on love and friendship set in France and New York and starring Romain Duris (Heartbreaker, Paris), Audrey Tautou (Amélie, Thérèse), Cécile De France (Hereafter) and Kelly Reilly (Flight, Mrs Henderson Presents).
It centres on the character of Xavier, played by Duris, an author who is struggling with his latest body of work, as well as his complicated life. It begins with his English wife leaving him for a new partner in New York, taking his two children. Feeling lost without them, he travels to the Big Apple and from there its a crazy whirlwind of interactions, mishaps, drama and of course hilarity.
The movie is part of a trilogy Spanish Apartment and Russian Dolls, with film maker Cédric Klapisch saying “I had to wait at least ten years for the movie to have something interesting to say. I wanted to see them grow older, to talk about times past, their destinies, the directions their lives had taken. The idea of a path is key to this trilogy.
“I guessed that the next stage for the characters would be for them to be parents, and that it would be an interesting thing to explore. I also thought it would be good to wait until the actors had children themselves, in real life. Especially Romain. I might not have made this third chapter if he hadn’t had kids of his own.”
For viewers though, there is no demand to see the first two films – it is a story in its own right. There is coarse language, nudity and sexual references.
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