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Games of Love and Chance

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Games of Love and Chance

Games of Love and Chance

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
Unrated
runtime:
117 minutes
Limited Release Date:
08/26/05
performer:
Osman Elkharraz, Sara Forestier
director:
Abdellatif Kechiche
distributor:
New Yorker
author:
Abdellatif Kechiche, Ghalya Lacroix
genre:
Foreign Language, Romance

We gave it a B

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.

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