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
The first morning when she's preparing to leave the house, Helene makes a tight chignon of her hair. When she's outside the hotel room, her chignon is much larger. Then, as soon as she enters the hotel room, her chignon is small again. See more »
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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