Games of Love and Chance (L'Esquive) (2005)

Games of Love and Chance (L'Esquive)



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Krimo schemes his way into acting in a play in order to get closer to Lydia, the divaesque lead actress, whom he loves. This is not your typical high-school comedy, however, but a reality-based romance set in the housing complexes that ring Paris. The inhabitants are mostly disadvantaged North Africans and the play is an 18th-century comedy whose language is as far from French slang as Shakespeare is from rap.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Romance, Art House & International, Comedy
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Written By: Abdel Kechiche
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On DVD: Apr 18, 2006
New Yorker Films

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All Critics (19) | Top Critics (9)

Mostly a monotonous din of kids trashing one another.

Full Review… | October 14, 2005
Seattle Times
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It is a provocative and potentially rich premise, to be sure, but the execution here is somewhat lacking.

September 16, 2005
Hollywood Reporter
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This graceful and sympathetic look at how the lives of teenagers intersect with a work of literature won several César awards in France.

Full Review… | August 31, 2005
New York Times
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Kechiche extracts breathtakingly disciplined performances from all of his first-time actors, and truly magical ones from Forestier as the prematurely full-blown diva Lydia and Sabrina Ouazani as Frida, her motor-mouthed partner in theatrical crime.

Full Review… | August 31, 2005
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A work of drama, it's more realistic than any TV reality show.

August 31, 2005
New York Post
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Reading between the cuss words, the movie glimpses a sunny teen innocence just before it darkens irreversibly into adulthood.

Full Review… | August 30, 2005
Village Voice
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