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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), Ghalya Lacroix (adaptation) (as Ghalia Lacroix) | 1 more credit »
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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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Excellent acting from kids
9 May 2004 | by babajiSee all my reviews

I saw L'Esquive at the San Francisco Film Festival on April 24. I was prepared for a sappy coming-of-age romantic movie but with the first dialogue which whisks you up before even the titles are shown and doesn't put you down until the end of the movie, I got something much more fulfilling. This is one realistic and well-performed movie. The director got some fantastic acting out of an almost 100% amateur cast. Very realistic and fast-paced. It is not a perfect movie, but it is very energetic and definitely a must-see.

Well worth seeing and probably the highlight for me at the festival. Hopefully it will screen in the US.


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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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Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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