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by Caroline Bottaro


In a small village of Corsica, Hélène leads a dull life, every day resembles the previous one ... She works as a maid in a hotel and seems happy with her husband, Angel, and her fifteen-year-old daughter, Lisa. Her modest and monotonous life seems predetermined... Everything changes when, cleaning one of the hotel rooms, she notices an attractive young American couple playing chess on one of the terraces. Captivated at first, then completely fascinated by chess, Hélène will do everything to excell at this game. She can count on Mister Kröger's help, a mysterious inhabitant of the village, to achieve her goal. This new passion provokes a wind of freedom in her life and will profoundly change her relations with her family, her friends and even the whole village.

original title: Joueuse
country: France
year: 2008
genre: fiction
directed by: Caroline Bottaro
release date: FR 05/08/2009
cast: Sandrine Bonnaire, Kevin Kline, Valérie Lagrange, Francis Renaud, Alexandra Gentil, Alice Pol, Didier Ferrari, Laurence Colussi, Elisabeth Vitali
cinematography by: Jean-Claude Larrieu
film editing: Tina Baz
art director: Emmanuel de Chauvigny
costumes designer: Dorothée Guiraud
producer: Dominique Besnehard, Michel Feller
production: Mon Voisin Productions, Blueprint Films
distributor: StudioCanal
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