Games of Love and Chance

B
August 24, 2005 at 04:00 AM EDT

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.

Games of Love and Chance

type
Movie
mpaa
Unrated
runtime
117 minutes
director
Abdellatif Kechiche
Cast
Osman Elkharraz,
Sara Forestier
Studio
New Yorker
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