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Saturday, August 28, 2010

Chess movie 'Queen to Play': A woman's journey of personal growth

A scene from the movie 'Queen to Play'.

Hello Everyone,

This is the interesting trailer of French movie 'La joueuse d'échecs (Queen to Play)'. The story goes that a maid at a French Riviera hotel (played by Sandrine Bonnaire) becomes entranced by a vacationing couple (Jennifer Beals, Dominic Gould) as they play chess on the hotel balcony.

Tired of her boring life she develops first an interest and then an obsession with chess. Her husband cannot connect to her chess so she seeks help from an American expat and retired doctor (Kevin Kline) whose house she cleans during the week. Soon her natural talent and hard work (done secretly) lead her to tournament and a new life. And, in this journey she also discovers herself as chess leads her to inner and personal growth.

Nice stills from the movie.

The movie is adapted from Bertina Henrichs' novel 'The Chess Player'. You can read an exerpted translation from her novel here. An interesting message of the film is: It doesn't matter how we start, what's important is how we finish.

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