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Games of Love and Chance (2003)

L'esquive (original title)
Krimo a 15 years old shy boy falls in love for Lídia who is his classmate.To be able to assume his love for her he decides to take a part in the play that was to be one of his friends.

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Abdellatif Kechiche (scenario), Ghalia Lacroix (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Osman Elkharraz Osman Elkharraz ... Krimo
Sara Forestier ... Lydia
Sabrina Ouazani ... Frida
Nanou Benhamou Nanou Benhamou ... Nanou
Hafet Ben-Ahmed Hafet Ben-Ahmed ... Fathi
Aurélie Ganito Aurélie Ganito ... Magalie
Carole Franck ... French Professor
Hajar Hamlili Hajar Hamlili ... Zina
Rachid Hami Rachid Hami ... Rachid
Meriem Serbah Meriem Serbah ... Krimo's Mother (as Meryem Serbah)
Hanane Mazouz Hanane Mazouz ... Hanane
Sylvain Phan Sylvain Phan ... Slam
Olivier Loustau ... Policier
Rosalie Symon Rosalie Symon ... Policier
Patrick Kodjo Topou 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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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

7 January 2004 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A Esquiva See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,529, 4 September 2005

Gross USA:

$8,085

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,747,263
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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It deserves theirs rewards...
10 April 2005 | by cinemindalSee all my reviews

I think this film deserve theirs Césars for a lot of reasons. The actors are excellent, especially Sara Forestier who's not from suburbs and has learned all words of this 'particular' vocabulary. The screenplay is very well, finally that's a play in a play ("le Jeu De l'Amour Et Du Hasard" written by Marivaux). This film shows almost the reality, is sometimes funny. The french teacher is disgusting, she is exactly what the director wants to fight : a society were there is no hope for an inhabitant of suburbs. As to her, Kremo is an idiot because he will never be Arlequin, he 'll never be in love and he doesn't even know how to play it. The film shows how wrong it is... The low point of the film is the sound, very bad, I think they wanted to be more realistic but that could be better, and realistic. This film is well to see, everyone can learn something.Even for french the language is hard to understand(sometimes we would have wanted subtitles!). I don't think the foreigners (particularly the ones who watch only blockbusters) will enjoy, or/and understand. But this freshly film is worth to be seen with attention.


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