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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.

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Yves Hanchar
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Credited cast:
Pierre Richard ... Ambroise
Denis Lavant ... Max
Catherine Deneuve ... Marquise
James Wilby ... Lord Staunton
Delphine Bibet Delphine Bibet ... Suzanne
Hilde Heijnen ... Anne-Lise
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Henri Billen Henri Billen ... Le Vieux Comté
Ronald Brandenburger Ronald Brandenburger ... Orphelin
Benjamin Bricart Benjamin Bricart ... Orphelin
Harry Cleven Harry Cleven ... Le Dandy
Pascal Crochet Pascal Crochet ... Armand
Olivier Da Silva Olivier Da Silva ... Orphelin
Pierre De Barquin Pierre De Barquin ... Orphelin
Thierry Debroux Thierry Debroux ... Serviteur Staunton
Yves Degen Yves Degen ... L'Homme du tripot
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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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6 June 2015 | by VincentiuSee all my reviews

a character who reminds Leopardi. Denis Lavant is the perfect option for the strange master Max. Catherine Deneuve. Pierre Richard in sketch of role. and James Wilby in a kind of game for British stereotypes. a film high to be memorable but useful for rediscover the flavor of a period. a script without patience and more suggestion than real good lines. too unrealistic, only collection of drawing about the characters, it is saved by a form of beauty who could be precious for a state of soul. but nothing else. so, an easy film, confused in few scenes, dramatic and aesthetically. interesting for actors and for a story who has not the best teller. but it is not a great sin. because it remains a nice meeting with a lost world and not bad portrait of romantic genius.


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Language:

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Release Date:

19 October 1994 (France) See more »

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2.35 : 1
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