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Games of Love and Chance (2003)
"L'esquive" (original title)

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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," ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Osman Elkharraz ...
Krimo
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Lydia
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Frida
Nanou Benhamou ...
Nanou
Hafet Ben-Ahmed ...
Fathi
Aurélie Ganito ...
Magalie
Carole Franck ...
French Professor
Hajar Hamlili ...
Zina
Rachid Hami ...
Rachid
Meryem Serbah ...
Krimo's Mother
Hanane Mazouz ...
Hanane
Sylvain Phan ...
Slam
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Policier
Rosalie Symon ...
Policier
Patrick Kodjo Topou ...
Policier
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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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7 January 2004 (France)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$3,211 (USA) (2 September 2005)

Gross:

$5,620 (USA) (9 September 2005)
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An excellent example of ethnographic film making in the realm of fiction
10 March 2005 | by (paris) – See all my reviews

This is a dream film, of which I am so entirely thrilled that it received so many awards over the mediocre but over hyped Rois et reine. The self effacement of the director in this film is impeccable, one has the eerie sense of watching a Fred Wiseman documentary. It is true that dialogue can run long and circuitously, but for those with my taste for extreme realism this can only be a downside if the acting is poor, and in l'esquive it is not. The acting is on the contrary frighteningly good, whatever self consciousness the members of this young cast might have before the camera is immediately absorbed in the documentary-like mise en scene, that is to say, it only furthers the sensibilities and aesthetic as a whole. L'esquive is a singular film that we can only hope will influence a generation of young French filmmakers who are tired of the well lit, over produced cinema this country is getting far too comfortable with.


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