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 »

Writers:

(scenario), (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
15 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

At the port of Sète, Mr. Slimani, a tired 60-year-old, drags himself toward a shipyard job that has become more and more difficult to cope with as the years go by. He is a divorced father ... See full summary »

Director: Abdellatif Kechiche
Stars: Habib Boufares, Hafsia Herzi, Farida Benkhetache
Vénus noire (2010)
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The story of Saartjes Baartman, a Black domestic who, in 1808, left Southern Africa, then ruled by Dutch settlers, for Europe, following her boss Hendrick Caesar , hoping to find fame and ... See full summary »

Director: Abdellatif Kechiche
Stars: Yahima Torres, Andre Jacobs, Olivier Gourmet
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  
Director: Abdellatif Kechiche
Stars: Sami Bouajila, Élodie Bouchez, Bruno Lochet
Same Old Song (1997)
Comedy | Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Odile is looking for a new, bigger apartment. Her younger sister Camille just completed her doctoral thesis has fallen in love with an estate agent who is responsible for Odile's apartment ... See full summary »

Director: Alain Resnais
Stars: Pierre Arditi, Sabine Azéma, Jean-Pierre Bacri
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Well it's basically about a boy how moves to a stuck up private school and is a lot of shite

Director: Gabriel Julien-Laferrière
Stars: Samy Seghir, Jérémy Denisty, Rachida Brakni
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Three men, three women, opposites, possibilities, and tastes. Castella owns a industrial steel barrel plant in Rouen; Bruno is his flute-playing driver, Franck is his temporary bodyguard ... See full summary »

Director: Agnès Jaoui
Stars: Anne Alvaro, Jean-Pierre Bacri, Alain Chabat
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A young, extroverted left-wing activist who sleeps with her political opponents to convert them to her cause is successful until she meets her match.

Director: Michel Leclerc
Stars: Sara Forestier, Jacques Gamblin, Zinedine Soualem
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

An upper middle-class French family celebrates a birthday in a restaurant. In one evening and during one meal, family history, tensions, collective and separate grudges, delights, and ... See full summary »

Director: Cédric Klapisch
Stars: Jean-Pierre Bacri, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Catherine Frot
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Will Thomas still lead a life of crime and cruelty, just like his thuggish father, or will he pursue his dream of becoming a pianist?

Director: Jacques Audiard
Stars: Romain Duris, Aure Atika, Emmanuelle Devos
Welcome I (2009)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Bilal is 17 years old, a Kurdish boy from Iraq. He sets off on an adventure-filled journey across Europe. He wants to get to England to see his love who lives there. Bilal finally reaches ... See full summary »

Director: Philippe Lioret
Stars: Vincent Lindon, Firat Ayverdi, Audrey Dana
Les témoins (2007)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Paris, 1984: A group of friends contend with the first outbreak of the AIDS epidemic.

Director: André Téchiné
Stars: Michel Blanc, Emmanuelle Béart, Sami Bouajila
Drama | Romance

Amin, a young screenwriter goes to his Mediterranean home town for a summer vacation where he falls in love with Jasmine, and meets a producer who agrees to finance his first film. But when... See full summary »

Director: Abdellatif Kechiche
Edit

Cast

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

Storyline

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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

7 January 2004 (France)  »

Also Known As:

A Esquiva  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$5,620 (USA) (9 September 2005)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The movie is dedicated Slaheddine. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Trapped
8 March 2005 | by See all my reviews

This movie is getting fresh exposure in France thanks to its win at Les Césars, or the "French Oscars" as other countries like to call them. Its success will probably mean that it now gets exposure outside the country, too, and I wonder how successfully.

Though an accurate and contemporary examination of France, the film's world is a foreign one, even to many people living here--the specificity of the setting (the projects, in a "suburb" of Paris), the language (rapid-fire, slangy, "vulgar", and peppered with "verlan", a street language of inverted syllables--the word itself could translate as "wardsback", and how anyone will translate this dialogue I have no idea), and the behavior (mostly arguing--strident, pushy, beautifully repetitive) may not play clearly outside of France. I'm not sure how clearly it plays here, or how willing people are to watch it, especially as it turns the idea of the scary bad French projects somewhat on its ear.

This isn't a criticism of the movie; on the contrary. Kechiche has shot a riveting cross-section of teenagers growing up in social housing, in broken homes and poverty, who lack the tools of expression, and who have adopted the posturing of the wounded (and, in the story, almost entirely absent) adults who raise them, attacking (the movie unfolds at a near-constant level of verbal aggression) and dodging ("esquiver" means "to dodge" or "to evade") one another's attacks with all they can muster.

The film's intensely political side feels almost accidental; in its unfolding, it has great heart, and its actors, who are apparently mostly amateurs from around the shooting location, are outstanding. On the whole, it reminded me a great deal of David Gordon Green's George Washington: a simple love story set against a landscape of poverty, played out frankly and honestly, allowed to unfold at a distinctly un-Hollywoodian rhythm. If Green's film is more beautiful cinematic ally, L'Esquive is more concentrated, more unflinching in its examination of the deep repercussions and violence of economic, social, and familial hardship. Its statement that France is no longer a country of the French-of-French-ancestry, and that its refusal to accept its own transformation does not mean its lost generation accepts its loss, could not be more clearly nor more poignantly made.

Without spoiling or going into detail, there are things about the plot that are implausible, things that probably hurt the film overall, but watching this movie for plot is like watching Ocean's Eleven for social insight. This is a positive study of character in a bad situation, of a stratum of society rarely filmed and still more rarely treated as fairly as it is offered up here, beautifully and eloquently.


39 of 42 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
I hate people who do this..but whats so great about it? KC_1
Question about the Ethnicity of the Kids noralee
Great film! Any word on a future UK dvd release? low key
Problems with translation saradarkshines
Police attitude?! FlyerGirl0
Won the César (French Academy Award) for Best Picture in 2004 sakune2
Discuss L'esquive (2003) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?