chinesepuzzle.png

Chinese Puzzle

Did Cédric Klapisch need to return to Xavier and his story 10 years later? Is Xavier any better than he was last time? And how is everyone else? Tune in to this week’s show to get answers to these questions and more!

Episode Hosts: ,

Subscribe to The Next Reel in Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or anywhere else you find your favorite podcasts!

Support The Next Reel Family of Film Podcasts • Learn More or Subscribe Now: One-Reeler $1/mo or Two-Reeler $5/mo

"It’s funny that you find life so complicated."

Cédric Klapisch returned to the world of Xavier, Wendy, Isabelle and Martine with his 2013 film Chinese Puzzle in a story that takes place 10 years after the previous film. Is it a return worth taking?

Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we wrap up our Spanish Apartment trilogy with Klapisch’s 2013 film.

We talk about what works and what doesn’t this go-around. We look at the nature of infidelity and ponder about why it’s so consistent in Klapisch’s films. We chat about the male gaze (again) and why some of the lesbian material in here is bothersome. We discuss the Chinatown elements of the film and why they work so nicely, even if we don’t get the relationship resolution from it that we wanted. And we look at the nature of storytelling with unlikeable characters and why that’s okay … if there are consequences for their actions.

It’s a frustrating end to the trilogy for us, but a film still enjoyable and one that makes for great conversation. So check it out then tune in to this week’s show! The Next Reel – when the movie ends, our conversation begins.

Join the conversation with movie lovers from around the world on The Next Reel’s Discord channel!

Film Sundries

Thank you for supporting The Next Reel Film Podcast on Patreon!

When the movie ends, our conversation begins.

We love movies. We've been talking about them, one movie a week, since 2011. It's a lot of movies, that's true, but we're passionate about origins and performance, directors and actors, themes and genres, and so much more. So join the community and let's hear about your favorite movies, too.