Queen to play

Queen to play


DVD - 2011 | French
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"Lovely, repressed and quietly intelligent, French chambermaid Hélène (Bonnaire) comes upon a couple (The L Word’s Jennifer Beals and Marie Antoinette’s Dominic Gould) engaged in an intensely sensual chess match, and discovers she has a knack for the game. This obsession, much to the chagrin of her husband and teenaged daughter, leads her to seek the clandestine tutelage of a reclusive American doctor (Kline, in his first French-speaking role)—a liaison that radically transforms both of their lackluster lives."

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Middle-aged French chambermaid Hâeláene suddenly finds she has a talent for chess and, much to her family's consternation, seeks out a reclusive American expat to teach her.


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Aug 01, 2016

OK in a week of blaa on TV. Kline kind of mumbles thru his beard. Never a big fan of French film, food, sights, or great interest in the culture & people... know nothing about chess, but tend to think it's played by more men the women. Hooray for 'her'.

Aug 01, 2015

A typical French movie where a not-very-attractive French actress convinces us she is truly beautiful in the end. Kevin Kline does not detract from the plot. If you like French films that have a feminist point, check it out.

May 08, 2012

Ms. Bonnaire's portrayal of a French working-class wife and mother desiring a little more excitement in her life is amazing to watch. Her facial expressions, as well as those of Kevin Kline, pull the viewer into their chess game -- you feel that you are there and rooting, in fact, for them both. I wanted to watch this one twice.

Jan 08, 2012

This was a most enjoyable "little gem" .

Dec 13, 2011

Sandrine Bonnaire shows a lot of range in portraying a very restrained and focused character, a woman who is used to working for her family without thought of self that finds in chess a goal of her own. Kevin Kline is perfect as a recluse professor who becomes her mentor. His performance is more understated than I am accustomed to seeing from him. The scene is Corsica. If you want action and plot you might find this movie too chewy for you.

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