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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 »

Director:

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

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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.

Genres:

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:

€367,739 (France), 9 August 2009, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$28,092, 3 April 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$478,572, 28 August 2011
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| (European Film Market)

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Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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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Where are the draws?
25 November 2011 | by GaubSee all my reviews

I largely agree with what others have said here. But there is one flaw that nobody seems to have noticed: not one game of chess in this movie ends with a draw. As everybody with some knowledge of the game is aware of, draws are the rule among advanced players of chess, so a tournament such as the one shown in the movie that works by elimination (quarterfinals, semifinals, final), with only one game between a pair of contestants, is simply not realistic. (The tie could be broken through a game of fast chess, but this is not shown either.) It goes without saying that the whole dramaturgy of the movie would be significantly altered by the sheer possibility of draws. To sum it up, I consider chess a poor choice for communicating the message of this movie. Choose a game that does not permit draws and the problem is solved--although then the somewhat heavy handed symbolism of the queen as the strongest piece would have to be sacrificed.


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