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  • Actors: RomainDuris, KellyReilly, AudreyTautou, CécileDeFrance, KevinBishop
  • Directors: Cédric Klapisch
  • Format: PAL, Import
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: French
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BR0ZI4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,103 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Stuart Bruce TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 Oct. 2009
Format: DVD
I enjoyed the emotional chaos and the comedy of "Pot Luck" (or "Spanish Inn" if you prefer) so I went and checked out this sequel "Russian Dolls" as soon as possible. The truth is, it's not as good, and despite having the same writer, most of the same cast and the same apparent style, it still manages to be a very different film from the first.

While the first film was a believable memoir of a year living as an exchange student, this film seems more like writer-director Cédric Klapisch's personal fantasy.

The main character Xavier is now a writer, who travels between Paris, London and St Petersburg meeting a succession of beautiful women, managing to bed almost every single one of them and then agonising about which one to choose. He behaves quite immorally and doesn't illicit any sympathy at all, yet essentially he 'gets away with it'.

There's much less comedy here than in "Pot Luck". The awkward situations (for example when two of Xavier's out-of-his-league girlfriends accidentally meet) are just awkward, rather than being an amusing farce.

Romain Duris keeps everything subtle with his performance, and essentially just keeps a permanently puzzled expression on his face while he allows everybody else to act around him. The British contingent- Kelly Reilly and Kevin Bishop- get much more substantial and interesting roles here than they did in "Pot Luck", and they both steal the show whenever they're on.

Despite being disappointed by the film compared to "Pot Luck", I'm going to give it 4 stars mainly for the strong cast- as well as Reilly and Bishop, Cecile De France and Audrey Tautou put in great performances.

The main DVD extra is a 45-minute 'making of' which is mainly just handheld 'behind the scenes' camera footage of filming certain scenes, without any narrative and without telling you much of interest about the process. The extras are missable.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ian Sharp on 18 Mar. 2011
Format: DVD
Having waved goodbye to Xavier at the end of Pot Luck I had absolutely no desire to see him again. An experience familiar to anyone who has suffered the ordeal of an exchange visit. However for some odd reason we have another installment of the adventures of this frankly repellant fanny rat. Five years has passed since his time in Barcelona, and Xavier is a struggling writer working on various projects in different countries. Xavier has not got any nicer in the intervening years. He is not in the least bit sympathetic as he travels across Europe upsetting and abusing a string of beautiful women, and the sudden horrific outbursts of misogynistic abuse he hurls at women add to this sense of dislike. The audience are supposed to follow him on his quest to find true love, and empathise with him over his inability to choose. Instead I wished he would just jump in the Seine. I couldn't work out if these character traits were deliberate or just a mis-calculation by the writers.

Despite this weakness Russian Dolls is a pretty enjoyable if slightly overlong film. Xavier is like a black hole around which more luminous bodies revolve. The most luminous of all being Wendy, an old friend from England, who is drafted in to help Xavier finish his scripts. The main story is the development of their on-off relationship. The pair eventually travel to St Petersburg to attend the wedding of her brother William.

It is the presence of these supporting characters that supply the humanity lacking in the central character. The performances are great. Especially Wendy (played by Kelly Reilly) who is simply gorgeous and resonates sexual allure in bucketloads, her only apparent defect being her love for the obnoxious Xavier.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tim Kidner TOP 500 REVIEWER on 20 April 2012
Format: DVD
This bright and breezy relationship drama (not a comedy, as some seem to think it is) is about the young French Xavier (Romain Duris), a student in economics in Cedric Klapisch's previous 'Pot Luck', and now a writer.

Basically, we follow him as he travels around Europe and in and out of girl's beds and their lives. From the gorgeous Audrey Tatou's single mother's life in Paris (she was an ex, and for a short time, is no longer) and via some other lovely young ladies, gets to write a screenplay for the BBC, necessitating him to travel to London. Two of the most memorable characters in 'Pot Luck' were Wendy (Kelly Reilly) who had her obnoxious brother, William (Kevin Bishop) come stay at the apartment in Barcelona where they all stayed as young students.

Well, Wendy, he meets up with again, who is having severe boyfriend trouble and he helps her rid of him. Is this now a relationship? Then, brother William, who has miraculously netted himself a Russian ballet dancer, goes off to Moscow to meet her parents and maybe, arrange their wedding. Xavier goes too, with Wendy.

As always with Xavier, distractions somehow, gently, always fall at his feet and as he's always looking for that perfect mate, he's often looking elsewhere - as if there's always something - and someone - better, to fall in love with. If I make this sound as if Xavier is some kind of sex maniac, who is always breaking girl's hearts, no. He is gentle, considerate but also cool and savvy, without being a jerk.

This is quite a long film and quite a lot happens and we meet a lot of people. It's easy to forget some of them by the end, but that's life. Kaplisch is always painting a rich kaleidoscope of life and its antics, sexual and emotional.
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