Queen To Play

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Oscar-winner kevin kline (a fish called wanda) and the luminous sandrine bonnaire (la ceremonie) square off in this stylish and sophisticated dramedy of newfound passions and mid-life triumphs, set on the postcard-perfect isle of corsica.


Studio Zeitgeist Films
SKU 221402620
UPC 795975113632
UPC 14 00795975113632
Format DVD
Release Date 8/16/2011
Rating NR
Editors Note
Note A middle-aged maid with few prospects before her finds a new lease on life via the game of chess, in this unusual tale that marked the first directorial go-round of acclaimed scriptwriter Caroline Bottaro (LES AVEUX DE L'INNOCENT). French screen siren Sandrine Bonnaire (À NOS AMOURS) stars as Hélène, a Frenchwoman employed as a housekeeper in a posh Corsican hotel. Though devoted and diligent as a wife and mother, she lacks any real passion in her life. That changes in a single, defining instant when Helene espies a mysterious couple (the female played by Jennifer Beals) exchanging erotic glances and seductive gestures over a chessboard, on a nearby balcony. Feeling sexual arousal, Hélène misguidedly tries to parlay this into her own personal life by giving her boatworker husband an electronic chessboard, but the connection between this and a need for greater intimacy eludes him. Hélène's curiosity about chess nonetheless endures, and when she fails to teach herself to play sans assistance, she turns to an eccentric, reclusive American whose house she cleans, Dr. Kroger (Kevin Kline) and asks him to mentor her in the game. In time, her expertise outstrips Kroger's and she begins to live and breathe chess, but this very passion also threatens to alienate the woman's family, who perceive a form of infidelity in this new obsession.
Los Angeles Times "An actress of exceptional presence with a magical smile and the ability to look both beautiful and ordinary, Bonnaire runs through a wide range of emotions and makes us believe them all." 04/01/2011
Entertainment Weekly "Just as the queen is the most powerful piece on the chessboard, the compelling French actress Sandrine Bonnaire holds together this gentle tale of chess and midlife emotions..." -- Grade: B 04/15/2011
New York Times "Caroline Bottaro's tangy comic bonbon, QUEEN TO PLAY plucks the game of chess out of the metaphorical realm of spy thrillers and reimagines it as a fable about relationships and upward mobility.... 04/01/2011
Chicago Sun-Times 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "The film has some sly fun with the way chess consumes Helene's mind..." 05/04/2011
Washington Post 3 stars out of 4-- "[A] subtle, absorbing film....A film whose pleasures reside in quiet moments, understated performances and the reading of subtitles." 05/13/2011
Jennifer Beals
Sandrine Bonnaire
Francis Renaud
Kevin Kline
Cast & Crew
Jennifer Beals - Star
Sandrine Bonnaire - Star
Francis Renaud - Star
Kevin Kline - Star
Valerie Lagrange - Star
Elisabeth Vitali - Co-Star
Daniel Martin - Co-Star
Laurence Colussi - Co-Star
Alice Pol - Co-Star
Didier Ferrari - Co-Star
Alexandra Gentil - Co-Star
Valerie Trejean - Co-Star
Dominic Gould - Co-Star
Jean-Claude Larrieu - Director of Photography
Nicola Piovani - Composer
Caroline Bottaro - Screenwriter
Emmanuel Croset - Sound
Selim Azzazi - Sound
Erwan Kerzanet - Sound
Bertina Henrichs - Source Writer
Caroline Maly - Screenwriter
Caroline Bottaro - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2009
UPC 00795975113632
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 97 minutes
Color (unknown/unconverted)
DVD, French, English, Subtitled, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD

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