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Queen to Play (2009)
"Joueuse" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  1 April 2011 (USA)
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Middle-aged chambermaid Hélène's newfound obsession with the game of chess leads her to seek the tutelage of a reclusive American expat, transforming both of their ho-hum lives in the ... See full summary »

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Hélène
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Kröger
Valérie Lagrange ...
Maria
Francis Renaud ...
Ange
Alexandra Gentil ...
Lisa
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Natalia
Didier Ferrari ...
Jacky
Laurence Colussi ...
Pina
Élisabeth Vitali ...
Marie-Jeanne
Daniel Martin ...
Le président du club d'échecs
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L'Américain
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L'Américaine
Valérie Tréjean ...
L'infirmière
François Orsoni ...
Le journaliste
Christine Ambrosini ...
La femme de l'autocar
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Middle-aged chambermaid Hélène's newfound obsession with the game of chess leads her to seek the tutelage of a reclusive American expat, transforming both of their ho-hum lives in the process. Written by Palm Springs International Film Festival

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chess | chambermaid | birthday | corsica | bus | See more »

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€5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$28,092 (USA) (1 April 2011)

Gross:

$478,572 (USA) (26 August 2011)
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The first morning when she's preparing to leave the house, Helene makes a tight chignon of her hair. When she's outside the hotel room, her chignon is much larger. Then, as soon as she enters the hotel room, her chignon is small again. See more »

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Battles
16 September 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

An inspiring chess movie because the democratic essence of the game prevails even when overcoming such obstacles as gender and class bias. But too, the story is as much about battles of all kinds as it is about chess.

We find in this film that a cleaning women's life changes because she says, "I exist, too. I have an interest. I will work at it because it matters to me." She learns, as we all do, that if you take a risk you may lose, but if you do not take risks you will lose.

Beautiful and subtle, yet appropriate, soundtrack and cinematography. Dialogue simple yet profound. Acting - spot on.

Again, foreign studios seem to be outclassing LA and NY - not even close. Well, OK, we have bigger CGI effects' computers and budgets.


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