Chinese Puzzle

Chinese Puzzle

Casse-tête Chinois

DVD - 2014
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A 40-year-old father of two still finds life very complicated. When the mother of his children moves from Paris to New York, he can't bear them growing up far away from him, so he decides to move there as well.
Publisher: [New York, NY] : Cohen Media Group, [2014]
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781417243402
1417243406
Branch Call Number: DVD ADULT
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (117 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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video file,DVD video
Alternative Title: Casse-tête chinois

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kyc14
Mar 06, 2017

now that i have seen all 3 of the "xavier trilogy", may i rearrange their order according to my liking?
the best: #2 russian dolls (2005)
less than best finish: #3 chinese puzzle (2014)
good start: #1 l'auberge espanole [spanish apartment] (2002)

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SmartAssAWhip
Feb 08, 2017

Normally, I read reviews of movies before I watch them; I neglected to do so here, so now that I realize that this was part 3 of a trilogy, I wish that I had watched everything from the beginning. Some snappy clever bits, but I did not like the last couple of scenes. And no, the scenes here were never as annoying as Woody Allen's "supposedly" insightful (and long) ruminations on life and love.

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stusa4ever
Jul 02, 2015

It's more than just a sweet French film. This is the third installment in Cedric Klapisch's Trilogy. I wish that the first two movies were available< and considering that i waited almost Six Months(i believe movie order was expedited upon my request) to enreach this treasure, it's seems unfair to give it up after a week. where these 15 people came from that R waiting for this !?

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jimg2000
Dec 29, 2014

Mostly French dialog and agree with these comments from its DVD cover:
"Breezy and charming with an early Woody Allen Vibe" and "A New York-set comedy that's witty, sexy and seductive" and "Savor this valentine to New York City" ...

JCLKatieS Dec 13, 2014

"Chinese Puzzle" tells the story of a dad and all of the women in his life as he writes a novel about his life experiences. Recently divorced, Xavier moves his life from Paris to New York City to follow his ex and kids. His best-friend also lives in NYC to whom he donated his sperm so she and her partner could finally have a baby. He struggles to find a place to live, to work, to understand life in America and with balancing all of the women in his life. To top it off, his old love visits one weekend leading to an even more complicated situation for him. I thought this was a funny, sweet French film about family and relationships.

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jimg2000
Dec 29, 2014

Xavier: I came to New York
to be near my kids, who I had with a Brit, who I lived with for 10 years, who moved here to be with an American. I had a baby with 2 lesbians. I married a Chinese woman to become an American. And life's not complicated?
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Agent: I have a problem with the ending.
Xavier: Why?
Agent: It's sort of the hideous
happy ending.
...
Xavier: I know your spiel about tragedy. It's true, most stories
do feed on misery. But when you find happiness, there's nothing more to say. So it's time to stop.

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