Chinese Puzzle (Casse-tête chinois) Wednesday, 26 June 2019

Chinese Puzzle (Casse-tête chinois)

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Coarse language, sexual references and nudity.

  • The pitch:

    The final piece.

  • Starring:

    Romain Duris, Audrey Tautou, Cécile De France, Kelly Reilly, Sandrine Holt, Flore Bonaventura, Peter McRobbie

  • Directed by:

    Cédric Klapisch

  • Running time:

    117 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    A man and a vehicle are beaten with a baseball bat. Arguing, shouting. Rape mentioned (figurative). Blood/gore: Bloody nose/face. Bandages.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Couples have bedroom sex (male-female; female-female). Masturbation, vial of semen. A pornographic magazine shows mostly nude women in evocative poses. A man fantasizes about all-female group sex, a woman dry-humps a wall. Kissing (male-female; female-female), undressing, caressing, ogling. Infidelity. Full-frontal female nudity, shirtless man, women in lingerie, woman in bra. Skimpy clothing, cleavage. Sexual gestures.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Alcohol (beer, champagne, wine). Bar setting. A barman mixes drinks.

  • LANGUAGE:

    F-word, s-word, a-word. Slang terms for genitals and bodily functions, derogatory terms for women. Name-calling. Cultural, gender stereotypes. Religious references.

  • THEMES:

    Relationships, divorce, separation, romance, New York City, family, writing, publishing, paternity, sperm donation, lesbianism, sexual fantasy, Skype, infidelity, philosophy, pregnancy, foreigners, immigration, house-hunting, arranged marriage, dodgy lawyers.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Wedding, hospital settings. Divorced parents mentioned. Plane, toilet. Tank of live frogs, hanging/drying fish, crates of seafood. Estranged partner/children. French language (subtitled) and some Chinese.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Warm, funny, inventive, endearing, delightful, sweet, whimsical, watchable, amusing. Exceptional cast, charming performance from Duris, satisfying conclusion to long-running series.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Overlong, stretched, contrived, predictable. Some ill-fitting subplots, some misplaced humour, thin storyline.

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