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The Chess Game (1994)

La partie d'échecs (original title)
In 19th century, a disillusioned priest helps a young boy drifter who's a chess wunderkind to move on up in life and social structures using his talent. Years later, he's a success, but game of life and love has higher stakes than chess.

Director:

Yves Hanchar
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Olivier Maes Olivier Maes ... Max enfant
Pierre Richard ... Ambroise
Christian Maillet Christian Maillet ... Belliard
Yves Hanchar Yves Hanchar ... Le Marchand
Harry Cleven Harry Cleven ... Le Dandy
Yves Degen Yves Degen ... L'Homme du tripot
Jean Gerardy Jean Gerardy ... Deschapelles
Alexandre von Sivers Alexandre von Sivers ... Dimmer
James Wilby ... Lord Staunton
Denis Lavant ... Max
Henri Billen Henri Billen ... Le Vieux Comté
Delphine Bibet Delphine Bibet ... Suzanne
Hilde Heijnen ... Anne-Lise
Catherine Deneuve ... Marquise
Pascal Crochet Pascal Crochet ... Armand
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In 19th century, a disillusioned priest helps a young boy drifter who's a chess wunderkind to move on up in life and social structures using his talent. Years later, he's a success, but game of life and love has higher stakes than chess.

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Comedy | Drama

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Surprised: Hilde Heynen is the queen in this chess game
7 August 2000 | by Joyce HauchartSee all my reviews

Not being a chess player, when reading the comments I was not sure. Pierre Richard used to be one of my favorite actors in comedies. This is not a comedy, and Richard is not convincing as a preacher. But, let me reassure you, this movie is never boring, it's not about chess, it's about how far can you go in life in general. "This is a game that kills me" is often repeated and in this film it is true, although not literally, but there is much at stake. A mother (Catherine Deneuve) organizes a tournament in which money, a title and her daughter is the price. The daughter, Hilde Heynen, is perfectly casted and plays her role as in a Forster-movie. Without telling you the entire plot, through schemes, she plays check-mate against her mother. Nice locations, nice script with good switches, poor acting by Denis Lavant or poor direction(?). But Hilde Heynen is a revelation. She's the cunning part of this story and plays it all the way through. 8 points.


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Country:

Belgium | France | Switzerland

Language:

French

Release Date:

19 October 1994 (France) See more »

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Dolby SR

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2.35 : 1
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