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Queen to Play (2009)

Joueuse (original title)
Unrated | | Drama | 1 April 2011 (USA)
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A chambermaid on Corsica is obsessed with chess after seeing a US expat play it lovingly with l'Américaine. She cleans his house and now also plays with him on Tuesdays.


Caroline Bottaro
2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Sandrine Bonnaire ... Hélène
Kevin Kline ... Kröger
Francis Renaud ... Ange
Jennifer Beals ... L'Américaine
Valérie Lagrange ... Maria
Alexandra Gentil Alexandra Gentil ... Lisa
Alice Pol ... Natalia
Élisabeth Vitali Élisabeth Vitali ... Marie-Jeanne
Daniel Martin Daniel Martin ... Le président du club d'échecs
Dominic Gould ... L'Américain
Laurence Colussi Laurence Colussi ... Pina
Didier Ferrari Didier Ferrari ... Jacky
Valérie Tréjean Valérie Tréjean ... L'infirmière
François Orsoni François Orsoni ... Le journaliste
Christine Ambrosini Christine Ambrosini ... La femme de l'autocar


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. Written by Palm Springs International Film Festival

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Make sure your next move doesn't break hearts.




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French and chess, what's not to love?
21 May 2020 | by HotToastyRagSee all my reviews

Kevin Kline speaking French and playing chess: what's not to love? Since I spent my entire childhood believing Kevin was a French actor (from having seen French Kiss a hundred times) I was glad to rent Queen to Play and to hear him speak the language again.

Sandrine Bonnaire stars as a housecleaner who meets one of her employers, an American doctor, and starts up a platonic relationship with him. Sandrine is a wife and mother, but after a few weeks with Kevin Kline, she discovers something is missing in her life-and that something is chess. Kevin loves the game, and after he teaches her, she finds she loves it just as much. So, once a week, they chat and play chess. This isn't the most exciting movie in the world, but it's fun and shows how little gestures can mean a lot to people when they're stuck in a rut. Plus, you get to hear Kevin Kline speaking French!

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Official Sites:

Studio Canal [France]


France | Germany


French | English

Release Date:

1 April 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Queen to Play See more »

Filming Locations:

Corsica, France


Box Office


EUR5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$28,092, 3 April 2011

Gross USA:


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Technical Specs


| (European Film Market)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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