Games of Love and Chance

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In the slums of Paris, a group of students -- primarily North African and Southeast Asian immigrants -- are staging a class production of the Marivaux play "Le Jeu de l'Amour et du Hasard," about the inevitability of class distinctions. Lead actress Lydia (Sara Forestier) takes to the material, encouraging and bullying the other students to take the production seriously. Meanwhile, her friend Krimo (Osman Elkharraz) plays her love interest on stage and harbors real affection as well.

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  • Mostly a monotonous din of kids trashing one another.

    October 14, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • It is a provocative and potentially rich premise, to be sure, but the execution here is somewhat lacking.

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

    August 31, 2005 | Rating: 4/5
  • 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.

    August 31, 2005 | Rating: 3.5/4

    Jan Stuart

    Newsday
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  • A work of drama, it's more realistic than any TV reality show.

    August 31, 2005 | Rating: 3/4
  • Reading between the cuss words, the movie glimpses a sunny teen innocence just before it darkens irreversibly into adulthood.

    August 30, 2005 | Full Review…

    David Ng

    Village Voice
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