A few days ago, I went to the cinema with a dear friend of mine. We were quite excited ahead of the projection because we really had high expectations for this movie which we actually saw the very morning it came out.
Casse-Tête Chinois (Chinese Puzzle) is the third part of the glimpse that are given to us by Cédric Klapish on the life of Xavier.
The first part was L'Auberge Espagnole (Pot Luck or The Spanish Apartment) in 2002 in which Xavier left France to study in Spain for a year like you can do following the Erasmus project throughout Europe. As he arrived in Spain after struggling a lot to find a place, he finally managed to get taken by a group of other students from all over Europe who become gradually his friends.
The second part, Les Poupées Russes (Russian Dolls) in 2005 was more about how lost 30 year olds can be. Xavier thought that at that age he would have become someone but life is still odd and he still have serious issues with women despite his best friend's Isabelle advices.
So when you look at the third one, you look for clues and evolution of all of these people since L'Auberge Espagnole. It is comforting to see life is still messy and the more elements you add, the less put together it gets.
I was literally thrilled by this movie before it came out
And I am just as thrilled now that I saw it. Every single character is still the same though they evolved with their ages and events paving their lives. And most of all I really laughed a lot.
Huge thumbs up for this one!