Chinese Puzzle

The title of this energetic French comedy stresses its cross-cultural aspects, but it’s really about male-female relations, with an affable young novelist (Romain Duris) as the stem and various women as the petals: his American wife (Kelly Reilly), who grows sick of their marriage in Paris and leaves him for someone in Manhattan, taking their two kids; his lesbian pal (Cécile De France), who sets him up in the city when he follows after them, and then asks him to inseminate her so she can have a child with her lover; the Chinese-American woman (Shuya Chang) who agrees to a sham marriage with him so he can become a naturalized U.S. citizen; and his old friend from Paris (Audrey Tautou), who arrives in town for a visit and decides she wants to sleep with him now that he’s available. Writer-director Cédric Klapisch (When the Cat’s Away) fails to negotiate a satisfying denoument for all this, but there are so many screwball laughs along the way that I was inclined to give him a pass. In French with subtitles.