The chess player (DVD)

The chess player (DVD)

           The chess player (DVD)
               Genre: Drama
               Village, hotel, chess, chess tournament, maid
  Chess is something for men. It was thought. But ever since this film is likely the game will at Queen and King in a new light. Caroline Bottaro draws in its lovely feature film debut, the chess player a vibrant sensual image of the female desire for a good game. Hélène (Sandrine Bonnaire) is working as a maid in a hotel in Corsica on the side as a cleaning lady at Dr. Kroger (Kevin Kline). Your life does not allow for large jumps. But the resting in itself, a brittle woman radiating satisfaction is lacking in anything really. That changes when she observed one day a couple playing chess. The scene is burning in their hearts so that from now on no more remains, as it was. Because her husband finds no pleasure in the endless variations on the 64 fields, Hélène persuaded the sullen Kroger to teach her the basics and tricks. However, it is no ordinary game, which gives the unknown couple on the balcony of the hotel room. The two seem to wrest the game much more than a few strained thoughts. What Hélène sees there, looks like an erotic act – so relish the attention, so seductive movements, so casually drop the negligee, whose support the woman always does. And Hélène is in the room, looking through the curtains onto the balcony, like a voyeur to something just as enticing as the forbidden. The chess player / joueuse based on the novel by Bertina Henrichs. But if you do not know, one would not expect it. For the director does not provide literature, but works with genuinely cinematic means. All the hopes and doubts, all the emerging aspirations of the main character is told through gestures and glances, through a tender light and sun-drenched colors. They wrap Hélène suddenly opening possession in an erotic haze. It had to do not actually have a taboo, which the protagonist ventures there: to discover a talent in itself, which changed her life completely. The wife and mother, who was only there for others, now claimed an area of their life on their own. It is as if the true core of her personality been kissed from a long sleep. One of the great strengths of the film that Kevin Kline and Sandrine Bonnaire invest their game so diverse. The sets with and against each other at the chessboard train to train personal change in course as they would have credited any of the figures. Kevin Kline – with a gray beard, barely recognizable – is of the arrogant people who hate the charming mentor. And Sandrine Bonnaire manage to keep their Hélène in a credible balance between the call of the new and the retention of what was good. Thus, from the erotic chess padded no banal love triangle, but an affinity that knows its limits. It is a consciously female perspective, from the director Caroline Bottaro designs the scenes at the chessboard. Of competition, determination, or can you lose is not over long distances to feel anything. Only at the very end break with elements that could have been suspected in a man from the beginning. Since being bluffed and gerangelt, as do the psychological tricks her rampant mischief. But at this point Hélène plays so confidently that they can be explained by anything or anyone distract from a deep conviction: “The lady is the most powerful piece in chess.” (Peter Gutting)
  Title: The chess player (DVD) Original Title: joueuse Country of production: , Germany, France Year of Production: 2009 Length: 97 (Min.) Published at: Concorde Home Entertainment format: 16:9 tone / language: Dolby Digital 5.1, German, French (# ) EAN: 4009750206805 Extras: Making Of, Trailer

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