A maid is captivated by a couple playing chess while staying at the Corsican hotel where she works. The doctor whose house she cleans reluctantly becomes her mentor in the game, leading her to a chess tournament and initiating major transformations in their lives.
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While the story and directing were just okay, Sandrine Bonnaire ultimately makes lemons out of lemonade and ends up acting the heck out of a role that would be portrayed in a very boring manner by most other actors.
A lovely and beguiling platonic romance about a maid who finds mental liberation from her mundane life through chess. A new twist on a familiar formula, replacing sexual liberation with freedom of the mind. Beautifully constructed and acted.
Beautiful French Movie has Kevin Kline and Sandrine Bonnaire playing the lead roles. The story is very simple but powerful about a house maid who falls in love with the game of chess and gets help from the doctor in whose house she does cleaning services. Recommended!