Russian DollsTo beat the heat, sprite and I went to see Les Poupées Russes (Russian Dolls) this evening. It’s the sequel to the wonderful L’Auberge Espagnole (Spanish Apartment) from 2002, and finds the same characters, five years after their exchange year in Barcelona, reuniting for a wedding in St. Petersburg, Russia.

This film is a suitable sequel: it has nearly all of the charm of its predecessor, likely due to the fact that the same writer/director (Cédric Klapisch) and cast returned for the second installment. It finds Xavier (Roman Duris) still unlucky in love and unable to get his writing published beyond an occasional freelance article in the local paper. He’s broken up with Martine (Audrey Tautou), had an unsuccessful romance with Neus (Irene Montalà), and is writing his life’s story. He happens upon another member of the Barcelona apartment, Wendy (Kelly Reilly) briefly in Paris, and thinks back to what could have been in their relationship.

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