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Thursday 27 November 2014

Tautou: Long-running part is a gift

Audrey Tautou has said she loves growing older with her Spanish Apartment trilogy character
Audrey Tautou has said she loves growing older with her Spanish Apartment trilogy character

Audrey Tautou has said she feels the chance to play the same character for the third time in 10 years in Chinese Puzzle is a "gift".

The French actress picks up the role of Martine once more following her first two appearances as the character in L'Auberge Espagnole (The Spanish Apartment, 2002) and Russian Dolls (2005), about a group of students who live in an apartment together in Barcelona and the paths their lives take afterwards.

Amelie star Audrey said: "I was very happy to re-find Martine because I love her and it was the opportunity for me to be able to act with her and to discover her more. I adore this character, she makes me really laugh, so it was great, it was a gift.

"It's a very special experience for an actor to play her part over 10 years, and to get older with her, and to change like she does."

Talking about how her own life had changed over that decade, Audrey said: "The funny thing is that my first day of shooting on Spanish Apartment was the Wednesday of Amelie releasing, so when I went on the set on the Wednesday morning, nobody knew me and at the end of the day, it was very different."

Romain Indigo, who also reprises his role as Xavier, said he wasn't certain the story would come to an end with the third instalment.

He explained: "I don't know if we are finished, because each time I ask Cedric (Klapisch, director) what do you think about a fourth part, I can see him thinking about something. So we'll see."

Chinese Puzzle is in cinemas now.

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