Patrick Glaize
Lisa Schwarzbaum
April 05, 2011 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Queen to Play

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
runtime
96 minutes
Limited Release Date
04/01/11
performer
Kevin Kline, Sandrine Bonnaire
director
Caroline Bottaro
distributor
Zeitgeist Films
author
Bertina Henrichs

We gave it a B

Just as the queen is the most powerful piece on the chessboard, the compelling French actress Sandrine Bonnaire (La Cérémonie) holds together this (Queen to Play) gentle tale of chess and midlife emotions from debut writer-director Caroline Bottaro. (It’s adapted from a novel by Bertina Henrichs.) Bonnaire plays a French wife, mother, and chambermaid in Corsica whose world opens up when she learns to play chess. Kevin Kline is the persnickety American doctor who teaches her (in French!), then begins to thaw as he watches his repressed student blossom. B

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