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)

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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
Newsday
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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…
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