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Chinese Puzzle (2013)

Casse-tête chinois (original title)
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A 40-year-old father's life is complicated when the mother of his two children moves to New York. Since he can't bear them growing up far away from him, he decides to move there as well.

Director:

Cédric Klapisch

Writer:

Cédric Klapisch (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Romain Duris ... Xavier Rousseau
Audrey Tautou ... Martine
Cécile de France ... Isabelle (as Cécile De France)
Kelly Reilly ... Wendy
Sandrine Holt ... Ju
Flore Bonaventura Flore Bonaventura ... Isabelle de Groote - la babysitter
Jochen Hägele ... Hegel et Schopenhauer - les philosophes allemands
Benoît Jacquot ... Monsieur Rousseau - le père de Xavier
Pablo Mugnier-Jacob Pablo Mugnier-Jacob ... Tom Rousseau
Margaux Mansart Margaux Mansart ... Mia Rousseau
Amin Djakliou Amin Djakliou ... Lucas
Clara Abbasi Clara Abbasi ... Jade
Li Jun Li ... Nancy
Sharrieff Pugh ... Ray
Peter McRobbie ... L'agent bureau immigration
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Storyline

Xavier is now forty years old. So are Wendy, Isabelle and Martine. At forty you are supposed to be more mature and live a a steadier life than at twenty. But not Xavier. Well, to be fair, he has made some progress in the field of thoughtfulness (he has even become a writer) but as concerns his everyday life, it is far from well-ordered. To be totally honest it is not entirely Xavier's fault if his wife Wendy has suddenly left him for a new companion in New York and taken their two children with her. Realizing he can't stand living without them, Xavier decides to settle down in Big Apple in order to remain close to them. He finds a home in Chinatown and it does not take long before trouble comes his way. Written by Guy Bellinger

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

France | USA | Belgium

Language:

French | English | Spanish | Chinese | Yiddish

Release Date:

16 May 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lo mejor de nuestras vidas See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,544, 18 May 2014

Gross USA:

$338,523

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,483,008
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby (Dolby 5.1)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The last instalment of a trilogy written and directed by Cédric Klapisch, which follows the journey of Xavier from student to family man. The first chapter is the movie "L'auberge espagnole", released in 2002, and the second chapter is "Les poupées russes", released in 2005. See more »

Goofs

The immigration enforcement agency in the U.S. is referred to as the INS. However, the INS ceased to exist in 2003 when it was merged into the new Department of Homeland Security. See more »

Connections

Features The Simpsons (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

Chinese Puzzle
(20SYL Remix)
Performed by Kraked Unit
Label: Ce qui me meut / Believe Recordings
Copyright: Ce qui me meut, 2013
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Growing up and moving away
20 September 2014 | by kosmaspSee all my reviews

Going to new places, especially when you are a bit older and are more likely to have settled down elsewhere, is difficult. About those difficulties, finding oneself and others (and love and work and ...) ... this is what this movie is about. It's mature in its thinking and might not be the entertainment some seek. But for what it is (and for the actors it has in it), it's really good.

It's not that much happens, but that is life (mostly, unless you are a special agent or whatnot). There is also nudity and god forbid intercourse. But there is also comedy and "betrayal" and situations you might encounter in life. And decisions ... decisions and more decisions! What is there in the end?


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