Five years after their summer together in Barcelona, Xavier, William, Wendy, Martine and Isabelle reunite.
"Les Poupées Russes" is well made, features some playful editing and inventive sequences, and is overall fairly fast-paced and entertaining. Why didn't I like it, then? Well, mostly because the main character is a complete douche-bag. This was a bit of a problem in the previous film as well, but I found it easier to forgive then, since it was less prominent and the character was young and inexperienced. This time, though...
While he's supposed to have aged and gathered some experience, Xavier seems to have gotten even more indecisive and continues to treat the innumerable stunningly beautiful women in his life like crap. So you can't decide whether you want to sleep with Audrey Tautou, Kelly Reilly, or a supermodel? Boo fucking hoo. Cry me a river, asshole.
A good sequel that continues the story of Xavier and the others from The Spanish Apartment. Lots to enjoy, but the highlight is definitely the increased screentime of Kelly Reilly.
Jesus, this guy punches above his weight more often than Woody fucking Allen.
Having watched and enjoyed L'Auberge Espagnol, I was curious to see this 5-years-later sequel. I think I enjoyed it more than the original, partly because Xavier has grown up a bit (though, clearly, not as much as his friends). I'd loved Wendy in the first film and she gets a real chance to shine here. You should definitely watch this.