Director: Cedric Klapisch
Cast: Romain Duris, Audrey Tautou, Cecile De France, Kelly Reilly
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Language: English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Yiddish with English subtitles
Country of Origin: France, USA, Belgium
Released by STUDIOCANAL
'Chinese Puzzle' makes up Cedric Klapisch's trilogy that began with L'Auberge Espagnole (2002) and Russian Dolls (2005). It's not too good for novelist Xavier Rousseau (Romain Duris), time's taken it's toll and he's looking a bit weary. His life's turned upside down when his wife Wendy (Kelly Reilly) buzzes off to New York with the kids. There's only one thing he can do and that's to follow them and we've got a Frenchman in New York. Of course his ex, Martine (Audrey Tautou) keeps showing up and Belgian lesbian Isabelle (Cecile De France) fancies the babysitter and Xavier's got writers block - life's never straight forward.
New York always provides a great film back drop but 'Chinese Puzzle' is a bit thin on plot and somewhat overlong. Nevertheless the scatter chaos of the whole thing is enjoyable and Romain Duris always keeps it together.