Life is complicated, and in the case of Xavier (Romain Duris), a successfulish Paris writer, it is more so. In writer/director Cédric Klapisch’s “Chinese Puzzle”  (2014), Xavier struggles to deal with the following:
- His wife Wendy (Kelly Reilly) leaves him, taking their children to New York to live with her new man.
- He comes to New York because he cannot stand being apart from his children. He has no job, he needs to get a job, but he cannot legally work in the States.
- His old girlfriend, Martine (Audrey Tautou), also comes to New York.
- He is the father of his lesbian friend Isabelle’s (Cécile De France) baby. Isabelle is raising the baby with her Chinese-American girlfriend Ju (Sandrine Holt).
Did I mention Xavier’s life is complicated? To further muddle up the plot, he marries a Chinese-American woman so he can get U.S. citizenship to stay in the country. The fake wedding will also help him better fight for legal authority over his children’s lives.