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Queen to Play -- 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.

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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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Caroline Bottaro 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Caroline Bottaro  writer
Bertina Henrichs  novel

Produced by
Dominique Besnehard .... producer
Michel Feller .... producer
Jean-Philippe Laroche .... executive producer
Amelie Latscha .... co-producer
 
Cinematography by
Jean-Claude Larrieu 
 
Film Editing by
Tina Baz 
 
Casting by
Tatiana Vialle 
 
Production Design by
Emmanuel de Chauvigny 
 
Set Decoration by
Frédéric Jacq 
 
Costume Design by
Dorothée Guiraud 
 
Makeup Department
Cédric Kerguillec .... makeup artist
Fabienne Robineau .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Rémi Bergman .... production manager
Ollivier Guytard .... assistant unit manager
Jean-Philippe Laroche .... post-production manager
Victor Léocata .... assistant unit manager
Michel Simongiovanni .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jeanne Guerra .... second second assistant director
Thomas Parnet .... second assistant director
Julien Zidi .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Charlotte Bayle .... titles designer
Carine Demongueres .... first assistant art director
Geraldine Scaramela .... assistant art director
 
Sound Department
Selim Azzazi .... sound editor
Nicolas Bourgeois .... assistant sound editor
Emmanuel Croset .... sound re-recording mixer
Ivan Dumas .... boom operator
Erwan Kerzanet .... sound
Michel Monier .... sound consultant: dolby
Pierre Picq .... boom operator
Hubert Teissedre .... post sync recording engineer
Jean-Alexandre Villemer .... sound recordist
 
Visual Effects by
Stephane Bidault .... visual effects supervisor
Christophe Lucotte .... color grader
Romain Moussel .... digital effects artist
Bes Paul-Emmanuel .... digital artist
François Poupon .... visual effects artist
Christian Tomikowski .... digital compositor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
François Coulin .... key grip
Clément Fabre .... second assistant camera
Bertrand Follet .... director of photography: second unit
Vincent Plaidy .... first assistant camera
Xavier Renaudot .... electrician
Xavier Renaudot .... gaffer
 
Casting Department
Valérie Trajanovski .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dorothée Guiraud .... costume supervisor
Chloé Lesueur .... costumer
Mireille Todounou .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Fabien Napoli .... colorist: dailies
Géraldine Rétif .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Angelo Giovagnoli .... music coordinator
Cristina Piovani .... music executive producer
Nicola Piovani .... original music composition and performance
Roma Film Orchestra .... music performed by
 
Other crew
Maxime Delauney .... production assistant
Florence Franceschi .... location manager
Ollivier Guytard .... location manager
Sophie Heurzeau .... production assistant
Julien Rambaud .... assistant unit manager
Delphine Régnier .... script supervisor
 

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Also Known As:
"Joueuse" - France (original title)
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Runtime:
97 min | USA:101 min | Germany:100 min (European Film Market)
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Continuity: 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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3 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Where are the draws?, 25 November 2011
Author: Albrecht Gaub from Madison, Wisconsin

I largely agree with what others have said here. But there is one flaw that nobody seems to have noticed: not one game of chess in this movie ends with a draw. As everybody with some knowledge of the game is aware of, draws are the rule among advanced players of chess, so a tournament such as the one shown in the movie that works by elimination (quarterfinals, semifinals, final), with only one game between a pair of contestants, is simply not realistic. (The tie could be broken through a game of fast chess, but this is not shown either.) It goes without saying that the whole dramaturgy of the movie would be significantly altered by the sheer possibility of draws. To sum it up, I consider chess a poor choice for communicating the message of this movie. Choose a game that does not permit draws and the problem is solved--although then the somewhat heavy handed symbolism of the queen as the strongest piece would have to be sacrificed.

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