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Queen to Play


Caroline Bottaro

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About the Movie

Oscar-winner Kevin Kline (A Fish Called Wanda) and the luminous Sandrine Bonnaire (La Cérémonie) square off in this stylish and sophisticated dramedy of newfound passions and mid-life triumphs, set on the postcard-perfect isle of Corsica. Lovely, repressed and quietly intelligent, French chambermaid Hélène (Bonnaire) comes upon a couple (The L Word’s Jennifer Beals and Marie Antoinette’s Dominic Gould) engaged in an intensely sensual chess match, and discovers she has a knack for the game. This obsession—much to the chagrin of her husband and teenaged daughter—leads her to seek the clandestine tutelage of a reclusive American doctor (Kline, in his first French-speaking role)—a liaison that radically transforms both of their lackluster lives. Based on Bertina Henrichs’ acclaimed novel La Joueuse d’echec (The Chess Player), QUEEN TO PLAY is the auspicious feature film debut of French director and screenwriter Caroline Bottaro.

Customer Reviews


I never want to give anything away and ruin anyone's experience of discovering an amazing gem of a movie. So glad I found it, it's fantastic.
Beautiful acting.

Queen to Play

Never knew chess could be so sexy! But playing overlooking the seas below Corsica can't hurt. Chess works beautifully as a metaphor for personal growth, risk and triumph in marriage, friendship, and adolescence.

Near Excellent

The story perhaps could had smooth out and refined in certain areas. Nonetheless the film checkmates throughout with exceptional direction, photography, editing and winning performances. It should be nominated for best foreign film and best actress at next annual Oscars.

Queen to Play
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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2011

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