Games of Love and Chance (L'Esquive) (2005)
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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.
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Critic Reviews for Games of Love and Chance (L'Esquive)
It is a provocative and potentially rich premise, to be sure, but the execution here is somewhat lacking.
This graceful and sympathetic look at how the lives of teenagers intersect with a work of literature won several César awards in France.
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.
A work of drama, it's more realistic than any TV reality show.
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