Games of Love and Chance

Games of Love and Chance
Directed by Abdellatif Kechiche
Produced by Jacques Ouaniche
Written by Abdellatif Kechiche
Ghalia Lacroix
Starring Osman Elkharraz
Sara Forestier
Sabrina Ouazani
Cinematography Lubomir Bakchev
Edited by Antonella Bevenja
Ghalia Lacroix
Distributed by New Yorker Films (USA)
Release dates
November 25, 2003
Running time
117 minutes (France)
123 minutes (USA)
Country France
Language French
Budget $1.3 million
Box office $2.8 million[1]

Games of Love and Chance (French: L'Esquive) is a 2003 French drama film directed by Abdellatif Kechiche and starring Sara Forestier. It won the César Award for Best Film, Best Director, Best Writing and Most Promising Actress.

The film was shot in Seine-Saint-Denis in 6 weeks in October and November 2002.[2]


A group of teenagers from the housing projects of the Paris suburbs practice a passage from the play Games of Love and Chance by Marivaux for their French class. Abdelkrim, or Krimo, who initially does not act in the play, falls in love with Lydia. In order to try to seduce her, he accepts the role of Arlequin and joins the rehearsal. But his timidness and awkwardness keeps him from participating in the play as well as succeeding with Lydia.


Other than Sara Forestier, many of the actors in this film were inexperienced in cinema and recruited specifically for the film.[3]


  2. Rice, Anne-Christine (2007). Cinema for French Conversation. Focus Publishing. p. 142. ISBN 978-1-58510-268-6.
  3. Rice, Anne-Christine (2007). Cinema for French Conversation. Focus Publishing. p. 138. ISBN 978-1-58510-268-6.

External links

This article is issued from Wikipedia - version of the 8/4/2016. The text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share Alike but additional terms may apply for the media files.