Russian Dolls - Pot Luck 2 details
|Starring:||Cecile De France, Aissa Maiga, Gary Love, Kelly Reilly, Evguenya Obraztsova, Lucy Gordon, Kevin Bishop, Irene Montala, Audrey Tautou, Romain Duris|
|Genres:||Comedy - Romantic, Romance, World Cinema - French|
|Original title||Les Poupees Russes|
Russian Dolls - Pot Luck 2
|Run time:||2 hours 3 minutes|
|Rental release:||29 Jan 2007|
|Main languages:||English, French, Russian|
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Enjoyable but pales in comparison to Pot LuckBy a customer from Northern Ireland , 07 Aug 2006
[Highly rated reviewer]When hearing that there was to be a sequal to Pot Luck (L'auberge Espangol) I was very dubious as in my eyes it could either be a completely new bunch of students entering the Erasmus programme or following the life of the lead Xavier; neither of which sounded to me like a desrved follow up to the brilliant Pot Luck (which came at a very pertinant time in my life). I am pleased to say that Russian Dolls is not simply a sequal, in the sense that it's the same elements used in an extension of the story the new element being Xavier's surreal asides which I felt brightened the film and showed origionality - which in a sequal is a rare event. There is, however, still the problem of diminishing returns - mainly in the aspect that the viewer is no longer raring for the leads to succed, as instead of pursuing the goals they had in university they just bumble along with their lives without any obvious direction. Also alot of the great dynamic of the many interacting cultures is gone replaced by Xavier's flat hopping through just a couple of his old flat mates.
An enjoayable watch but nothing on the origional.
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Plodded along, felt too longBy a customer from OXON , 10 Apr 2012I really enjoyed the first film but this one just seemed to overly labour the point. Disappointing really.
Disappointing sequel, unpleasant charactersBy MarkJohnson (1 review) from Liverpool , 07 Oct 2011A dreadful sequel. Features the same whimsical style as the original, but all progress and lessons made by the characters in the previous film are negated, and each one is portrayed as self-centred, egotistical and thoroughly unlikeable.
Xavier goes from indecisive young romantic to unreasonable, selfish bedhopper. Isabelle is now a coke-snorting lesbian stereotype. Wendy is self-destructive and uncaring. The only likeable character is, bizarrely, Kevin Bishop's William, who is not only less obnoxious than in the previous film, but appears to be the only character in the entire film to have any respect for relationships and to not use anybody, cheat or lie.
As well as the despisable, selfish characters, the plot drags on terribly, with most scenes either inconsequential or just poor attempts of recreating the atmosphere of the first film.
If you have seen the first this is not a great second oneBy Couver (6 reviews) , 23 Sep 2011If you have seen the the original you probably will be hoping for more. As a stand alone film this is a good sunday afternoon movie, that both doest excite or really disappointment.
I did wonder why in english it is called russian dolls when most of the time it is split between london and paris? I do like the speed of the film you seem to be constantly taken with the people you are following and you dont ever want to forward, but to counter this you also think that some of the situations may be a little far fetched, especially with the running scene, but hey its a 'French' film so you expect these things.
All in all a decent movie and i would not stop people watching it or recommend it either
Compleat Klapischs Matryoshka movie makingBy Stephen from North Cornelly, South Wales , 23 Jan 2010In Les poupées russes Cédric Klapisch set himself the task of constructing an equally likeable sequel to L'auberge espagnole (2002) and fitting into the structure suggested by the title. The film, like the now ubiquitous Romain Duris is totally measured and very self conscious in a way that only French cinema and French film actors can be the Belmondo of the slacker generation. The film is carried by quirky Romain but is given flesh and blood by the ensemble returning from the Barcelona debut. Cécile De Frances fleshed out character seems the one that has most developed, whilst Audrey Tautou again seems hardly worth the billing.
What is really attractive about this film are the wonderful backdrops. You could fall in love with Londons Victoria but it is St Petersburg that really steals the show. A really engaging Pas de deux for the Kevin Bishop character and the parachuted in Evguenya Obraztsova allows us to enjoy wonderful views of St Petes minus the leaded petrol fumes that was such a striking feature of my visit there. River views and day to day streets never better.
Best of all are the clever visual set pieces that segue the different scenes and the iconic Rossi Street strut featuring the tragic Lucy Gordons der⋅ri⋅ere which adds a postscript poignancy to picture perfect St Petes.
A really, really enjoyable film. Lets hope that all parties are prepared to have us back for a catch up soon.
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Worth watchingBy cadykeni (8 reviews) from London , 08 Jan 2010We watched both 1 and 2 and although we didn't think 2 was as good, we thought it was definitely worth watching. It is pleasant, easy going, funny, very international with lot's of nationalities and languages and it works!