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Archive: Fall 2005

New Francophone Cinema:
L'esquive

Introduction by Ellen S. Burt,
Associate Professor of French, Ph.D.

“Congregating in the hallways and courtyards of a Paris housing project, groups of teens engage in rapid street talk, piling on profanities with cavalier abandon. United in vulgarity, they’re also bonded by an unlikely academic endeavor—the mounting of a class play by the 18th-century dramatist Pierre Carlet de Chamblain de Marivaux, an altogether different kind of wordsmith whose verse must seem as foreign to them as the Eiffel Tower or the Louvre.

“Unlike American counterparts Kids or Dangerous Minds, this highly intelligent comedy (which cleaned up at this year’s Césars) doesn’t seek to shock or inspire, but merely documents teen moodiness in all its tedious unpredictability.

Games of Love and Chance is ultimately about the power of words, particularly their ability to fail us.”
—David Ng, The Village Voice

2003 • France • 123 minutes • 35mm • Directed by Abdel Kechiche • In French with English subtitles.





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