Oscar winner Kevin Kline (A Fish Called Wanda) and the luminous Sandrine Bonnaire (Vagabond) square off in this stylish and sophisticated dramedy of newfound passions and mid-life triumphs, set on the postcard-perfect isle of Corsica. Lovely, repressed and quietly intelligent, French chambermaid Helene (Bonnaire) discovers she has a knack for chess. This obsession--much to the chagrin of her husband and teenaged daughter--leads her to seek the clandestine tutelage of a reclusive American doctor (Kline, in his first French-speaking role)--a liaison that radically transforms both of their lackluster lives. Based on Bertina Henrichs' acclaimed novel La Joueuse d'echec (The Chess Player), Queen to Play is the feature film debut of French director and screenwriter Caroline Bottaro.
Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
In small but significant ways, "Queen to Play" defies expectations.Stephen Holden, New York Times, 03.31.2011
[A] gentle tale of chess and midlife emotions from debut writer-director Caroline Bottaro.Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly, 04.06.2011
[A] clever feel-good lark.Ronnie Scheib, Variety, 07.26.2011
Relaxed and goofy in Dave, A Fish Called Wanda and a host of other comedies, Kevin Kline has an endearing way of subverting his own grandee impulses when he's being funny. Give the actor a dramatic role, though, and he comes on all Shakespeare in the Park.Ella Taylor, NPR, 04.01.2011