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

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - MOVIES - TOM RYAN

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

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