Casse-tête chinois

May 16th, 2014


Casse-tête chinois

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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.

Release Year: 2013

Rating: 7.2/10 (2,400 voted)

Critic's Score: 71/100

Director: Cédric Klapisch

Stars: Romain Duris, Audrey Tautou, Cécile De France

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.

Romain Duris - Xavier Rousseau
Audrey Tautou - Martine
Cécile De France - Isabelle
Kelly Reilly - Wendy
Sandrine Holt - Ju
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 - Tom Rousseau
Margaux Mansart - Mia Rousseau
Amin Djakliou - Lucas
Clara Abbasi - Jade
Li Jun Li - Nancy
Sharrieff Pugh - Ray
Peter McRobbie - L'agent bureau immigration


Official Website: Official site [France]

Country: France, USA, Belgium

Language: English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Yiddish

Release Date: 16 May 2014

Filming Locations: JC Studios, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA

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User Review


Rating: 10/10

I haven't seen the two previous movies by the same director and actors preceding this one, but all by itself I loved this one. It is funny, witty, interesting and unusual. I understand the previous two movies portrayed the lives of characters at an earlier age. Now they are around 40 years of age, they are in NYC and they have different set of problems. I participated in a Q&A with the director at the end of the movie and I understand what he is trying to portray is a generation of people who are more mobile, who aren't afraid of mixing with different cultures, live in different countries, deal with the challenges presented by this new country. Movie has a very very positive, upbeat look at things. And it is very refreshing to have this positive outlook considering how many movies feeds of drama and difficulties almost to a degree, which makes them unrealistic. Life is not so bad and things don't go that bad in real life. You might get lucky at things. This movie has a positive, realistic look at life. I could easily relate to it. Loved it, highly recommend it. Especially if you want to laugh a bit and feel good about life. And there is nothing wrong with that.


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