French Cinémathèque

Wed, Aug 20


(Casse-tête chinois)

  117 min • in French and English with English subtitles • Official SiteBuy Tickets

The ground-level view of New York – high-energy, semi-farcical – avoids clichés while finding its own romantic pulse with Duris’ charmer the compelling center of the buoyant and bittersweet storm.

–Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times

Xavier (the ever-charming Romain Duris) is now forty years-old and returns to the screen along with Wendy (Kelly Reilly), Isabelle (Cécile de France) and Martine (Amélie‘s Audrey Tautou) fifteen years after the smash-hit L’Auberge Espagnole and ten years since its sequel Russian Dolls (both of which played here at the Avalon).

Xavier still hasn’t really settled down and if anything, his life looks like it’s getting even more complicated…

He has two children now, and his thirst for travel has brought him to New York. Xavier is trying to carve out a place for himself amidst the cheerful chaos of Chinatown. Separation, stepfamilies, gay parents, immigration, working under the table, globalization: Xavier’s life is like a Chinese puzzle. But although it lacks cohesion and calm – just like New York and the era in which we live – it does provide a rich source of material for his writing.

CHINESE PUZZLE is a dazzling and masterful French comedy set against the colourful backdrop of New York, which features stellar performances from France’s most beloved acting combo.

Watch the trailer:

  Cohen Media Group

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