Queen to Play – 6

A trifle, although being French and filmed on Corsica, it was not without interest. The basic premise was absurd – an uneducated chambermaid goes from nothing to chess champion in a few months, and remains beautiful while staying up to practice all night and holding down two jobs during the day. Then there is the inscrutable character played by Kevin Kline, who has a mysterious past and an apparent fatal illness in his near future, neither of which is explained or resolved, and who, despite being American, reads Jack London in French. In fact, there are dozens of annoying touches that are never explained (as to why they are in the movie, other than they were presumably made more of in the book). But there is the French lifestyle, and the rocky coast of Corse.

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