Russian dolls

Russian dolls

DVD - 2006 | French
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Five years after their summer together in Barcelona, five old friends reunite. A sequel to L'Auberge espagnole.
Publisher: Santa Monica, Calif. : Genius Products, 2006
Edition: Letterbox
ISBN: 9781594441646
1594441642
Branch Call Number: DVD FEATURE RUSSI
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (Not rated) (approximately 129 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
optical
Notes: Videodisc release of the 2005 motion picture
Special features: scene selection; the making of Russian dolls

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kyc14
Feb 02, 2017

this film is the 1st i saw of director klapisch's work. i liked it for the following reasons:
1. his style is fast pace, using "busy" montage techniques of multiple thumbnails ("macro-pixelation") & several simultaneously, irregularly split screens (puzzle-like) to carry the story. quite fitting to the assortment of young men & women & relationship among them. i got the sensation of peeling off russian dolls!
2. all the location shots & scenes are beautifully done. at the same time i couldn't help but to feel strongly about the various city life & work environments the characters live in.
3. unlike older french films about urban love, the dialogs/monologues are simplistic & counterculture at times. gone are the wordy philosophy of love or political argument among the average french people in yrs gone-by. there is even a candid "editorial" against ceremonial wedding, LOL!
4. the director's approach in this film seems to bring this modern story of love conflicts among young working professionals to the new millennium, thrusting the viewer to the busy working & busy loving ("rainbow" styles) reality of this hectic world. but near the end, a sensible contrast is presented in 2 sequences: slow motion of the model on the perfectly "proportional" street, & emotional reconciliation against a peaceful backdrop in the wedding reception on a claustrophobic river boat.
this film is lighthearted, non-stuffy & a breath of fresh air in modern french cinema. bravo!

update 3/6/2017. now that i have seen all 3 of the "xavier trilogy", may i rearrange their order according to my liking?
the best: #2 russian dolls (2005)
less than best finish: #3 chinese puzzle (2014)
good start: #1 l'auberge espanole [spanish apartment] (2002)

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ms_mustard
Nov 09, 2015

this is the 2nd of 3 Klapisch films involving Xavier, Martine, Isabelle and Wendy. in L'auberge Espagnole the characters are in their mid-20's (2002), in this one they are 30 (2005) and in Chinese Puzzle they are approaching 40 (2013).
I've enjoyed the progression from wild student, to what-to-do and who-to-love, to having kids.
will there be a 4th? at 50? Klapisch says no, but the actors all say yes.

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msabaye
Mar 02, 2015

Poorly constructed, far too many flashbacks and fast forwards, far too long and tedious shots accompanied with monologue, characters thrown in and patched together without much meaning, conflicts left up in the air. I kept fast forwarding.

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geomillar
Dec 28, 2011

This is a continuation of L'Auberge Espagnole in which we meet a rag-taggle of European kids exploring life. Russian Dolls reconnects with these and delivers a sequel better than the original.

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