Russian Dolls

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Russian Dolls ★★½ Les Poupees Russes 2005

Set five years after Klapisch's 2002 comedy “L'Auberge Espagnole,” the roommates of the Barcelona apartment are older but only a little wiser. Narrator Xavier (Duris) is now 30 and writing for a TV soap in Paris while maintaining a friendship with his exasperating ex Martine (Tautou). His co-writer is Brit Wendy (Reilly), whose brother William (Bishop) is engaged to Russian ballerina Natacha (Obraztsova). The friends are reuniting in St. Petersburg for the wedding. Generally picturesque froth. English, French, Spanish, and Russian with subtitles. 125m/C DVD . FR GB Romain Duris, Audrey Tautou, Cecile de France, Kelly Reilly, Kevin Bishop, Lucy Gordon, Aissa Maiga, Eugenya Obraztsova; D: Cedric Klapisch; W: Cedric Klapisch; C: Dominique Colin; M: Loik Dury, Laurent Levesque.