Games of Love and Chance (L'Esquive)
Games of Love and Chance (L'Esquive) (2005)

Krimo schemes his way into acting in a play in order to get closer to Lydia, the divaesque lead actress, whom he loves. This is not your typical high-school comedy, however, but a reality-based romance set in the housing complexes that ring… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: August 31, 2005
DVD Release Date: April 18, 2006
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times

Mostly a monotonous din of kids trashing one another.

Jan Stuart

Kechiche extracts breathtakingly disciplined performances from all of his first-time actors, and truly magical ones from Forestier as the prematurely full-blown diva Lydia and Sabrina Ouazani as Frida, her motor-mouthed partner in theatrical crime.

Erica Abeel
Film Journal International

Viewers here can't help but respond to the raw emotions and acting ability of the largely nonprofessional cast.

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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

It is a provocative and potentially rich premise, to be sure, but the execution here is somewhat lacking.

V.A. Musetto
New York Post

A work of drama, it's more realistic than any TV reality show.

Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Abdellatif Kechiche's beautifully observed tale of high-school kids in the projects outside Paris... plays like a Cassavetes project in a fresh, young mode.

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A.O. Scott
New York Times

This graceful and sympathetic look at how the lives of teenagers intersect with a work of literature won several César awards in France.

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David Ng
Village Voice

Reading between the cuss words, the movie glimpses a sunny teen innocence just before it darkens irreversibly into adulthood.

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Jordan Reed
Boxoffice Magazine

Games of Love and Chance plays like a French version of Jim McKay's Our Song. But, unlike McKay's superior American version, Kechiche is unable to transform the everyday lives of his characters into something meaningful.

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