THIRD TWIST THE TALE
Chinese Puzzle picks up the tale of Xavier, a character first brought to the screen by director Cedric Klapisch in 2002 and then again in 2005
French writer-director Cedric Klapisch refers to Chinese Puzzle as part three of “the trilogy of Xavier’s travels”. It also could be described as a trio of comedies about life’s complications.
Played by Romain Duris, Xavier first appeared in L’Auberge Espagnole ( The Spanish Apartment, 2002) as a fresh-faced Parisian who goes to study in Barcelona, discovers the delights of shared-house living and makes some new friends.
A few years later, we met him again in Russian Dolls (2005). Now a creatively frustrated 30year-old television writer, he’s still on the move, darting back and forth between Paris and London, having unexpected flings with a Kookai salesgirl (Aissa Maiga) and a supermodel (Lucy Gordon), getting together with a British colleague, Wendy (Kelly Reilly), one of his friends from Barcelona, and heading off to St Petersburg for her brother’s wedding.
Set a decade later, Chinese Puzzle finds the pair, Xavier and Wendy, living in New York and dealing with the trials of separation, which include shared custody of their two children.
Two friends from the old
Audrey Tautou and Romain Duris in Chinese Puzzle