Games of Love and Chance The factors that won Games of Love and Chance France's 2005 César award as Best Picture may not have been entirely cinematic, but they're valid… Games of Love and Chance The factors that won Games of Love and Chance France's 2005 César award as Best Picture may not have been entirely cinematic, but they're valid… 2005-08-26 Unrated PT117M Foreign Language Romance Osman Elkharraz Sara Forestier New Yorker
Movie Review

Games of Love and Chance (2005)

MPAA Rating: Unrated
Games of Love and Chance | 'GAME' OF 'CHANCE' Sara Forestier is just one of the many teens in Love
'GAME' OF 'CHANCE' Sara Forestier is just one of the many teens in Love
EW's GRADE
B

Details Limited Release: Aug 26, 2005; Rated: Unrated; Length: 117 Minutes; Genres: Foreign Language, Romance; With: Osman Elkharraz and Sara Forestier; Distributor: New Yorker

The factors that won Games of Love and Chance France's 2005 César award as Best Picture may not have been entirely cinematic, but they're valid nonetheless. Abdellatif Kechiche's gritty, improvisatory-style drama about teenagers rehearsing a school play is set in a rough Paris housing project; those actors are all project residents, most of them from Muslim families of North African descent. They swear on the Koran, and they also bicker viciously over universal stuff like who's stealing whose boyfriend. The vérité fascinates, even if the artifice is obvious.

Originally posted Aug 24, 2005 Published in issue #837 Sep 02, 2005 Order article reprints
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