The 20somethings have progressed (or regressed depending on your take) into nearly 30somethings for , and are now somewhat spread out among Paris, London, and St. Petersburg. It opens with Xavier (Romain Duris), the formerly stuffy economics/finance major turned commercial romance writer, traveling the Chunnel, reflecting on his self-perpetuated love fiascos. What follows is a series of quirky flashbacks in which we are reintroduced to Xavier’s ex-girlfriend, Martine (Audrey Tautou), Isabelle (Cecile De France), and Wendy (Kelly Reilly), our namesake and the recipient of Xavier’s alternating affection, indecisiveness, and narcissism, throughout much of the film.
Russian Dolls zips along in a playful, puzzlelike manner. Learning the meaning behind its title is a good part of the fun behind the film, which we won’t spoil for you here. Check it out at the Roxie this week.
SFist Wendy, contributingRussian Dolls