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Russian Dolls
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Oct 25, 2006 By: Quigles
Russian Dolls order
Director:
CÚdric Klapisch

Actors:
Romain Duris
Audrey Tautou
Kelly Reilly

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A struggling writer and French womanizer tries to put the pieces of his love-entangled life together.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I have never seen L'AUBERGE ESPAGNOLE (of which this is a follow-up), nor did I know it even existed. It wasn't until after the movie had finished that I realized RUSSIAN DOLLS was a sequel. But it seems that piece of information isn't entirely necessary, as I still whole-heartedly enjoyed this film on its own grounds.

RUSSIAN DOLLS marks one of those rare occasions where I sit down expecting to be bored to tears only to find myself fully engaged and having a great time. I never would have thought a movie about some random French guy having affairs with numerous women could be this entertaining, but apparently it can. For the most part, it's just fluffy fun, injected with a wonderfully colorful sense of style. But, there's also some depth and heart to be found once you get past the non-stop amusing antics. Granted, the film goes on for a way too long, but I was never in a hurry for it to finish.

An interesting thing to note about the movie is the strange pacing and storytelling. There's no real clear-cut narrative. The film just sort of hops along between different countries, love interests, and subplots, never letting us know what's going to happen next or who Xavier (the French bloke) might end up with. But that's part of the fun - it's chaotic, just like life.
THE EXTRAS
The only special feature available here is a semi-interesting featurette, The Making of Russian Dolls (8:48).
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
This light and breezy take on the rom-com genre is clever, fun, and very well made. A good portion of the film is relatively shallow, and it goes on for way too long, plus the lead character (who even though is extremely likable) can be sort of an ass at times... but, despite those things, the movie still manages to come out relatively unscathed. All in all, it's a fun romp that completely exceeded my expectations. I wouldn't go as far as to call it great cinema, but it's easily the most enjoyable "chick flick" I've seen in quite some time.
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