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.


Critic Reviews for Games of Love and Chance (L'Esquive)

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (14) | Rotten (4)

  • Mostly a monotonous din of kids trashing one another.

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

    Sep 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.

    Aug 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.

    Aug 31, 2005 | Rating: 3.5/4

    Jan Stuart

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

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

    Aug 30, 2005 | Full Review…

    David Ng

    Village Voice
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