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Queen to Play (2009)

Joueuse (original title)
Unrated | | Drama | 1 April 2011 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Cast

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 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
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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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Drama

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Unrated | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Studio Canal [France]

Country:

France | Germany

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

1 April 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Queen to Play See more »

Filming Locations:

Corsica, France

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Box Office

Budget:

€5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$28,092, 3 April 2011

Gross USA:

$478,572
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Runtime:

| (European Film Market)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Goofs

When Hélène first enters the hotel room where she will see the chess game, she unlocks the door and puts the keys back in her apron pocket. But when she enters the room, the keys are still in the door. See more »

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Battles
16 September 2011 | by westsideschlSee all my reviews

An inspiring chess movie because the democratic essence of the game prevails even when overcoming such obstacles as gender and class bias. But too, the story is as much about battles of all kinds as it is about chess.

We find in this film that a cleaning women's life changes because she says, "I exist, too. I have an interest. I will work at it because it matters to me." She learns, as we all do, that if you take a risk you may lose, but if you do not take risks you will lose.

Beautiful and subtle, yet appropriate, soundtrack and cinematography. Dialogue simple yet profound. Acting - spot on.

Again, foreign studios seem to be outclassing LA and NY - not even close. Well, OK, we have bigger CGI effects' computers and budgets.


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