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Games of Love and Chance (2003)

L'esquive (original title)
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
Mariam Serbah ...
Krimo's Mother (as Meryem Serbah)
Hanane Mazouz ...
Hanane
Sylvain Phan ...
Slam
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Policier
Rosalie Symon ...
Policier
Patrick Kodjo Topou ...
Policier
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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.

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Drama | Romance

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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)
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1.85 : 1
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Thoughtful but disheartening look at life in the banlieus
18 January 2008 | by (Buenos Aires, Argentina) – See all my reviews

This French film is a quite disheartening look at life in the public housing projects outside Paris. In a crumbling neighborhood with a majority of immigrants from Northern Africa, a high school tries to produce a play by Pierre Marivaux (1688-1763). The heart of the film is the budding romance between the vivacious blonde Lydia (one of the few "native" French living in the neighborhood) and the shy and painfully inarticulate Krimo, who is ridiculized by his thuggish friends for taking a part in the play. All the kids speak in an unintelligible slang, which makes a contrast with the classical French of Marivaux. I wrote it was disheartening (despite not being a drama) because it shows that the marginalized inhabitants of the projects have an almost nil chance of breaking into the mainstream of French society. Thoughtful and worth seeing.


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