Queen to Play

Synopsis: Middle-aged chambermaid Hélène's newfound obsession with the game of chess leads her to seek the tutelage of a reclusive American expat, transforming both of their ho-hum lives in the process.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Caroline Bottaro
Production: Zeitgeist Films
  2 wins & 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
101 min


- Hello, Hlne.

- Hello.

Don't forget to do rooms 12 and 19.

- Haveyou seen Natalia?

- No.

I don't know what

I'd do withoutyou, Hlne.

I'm sick ofthat cowyelling at me!

I'm getting out ofhere.

- Where will you go?

- The mainland, anhere.

What about Denis?

The love ofyour life?

He can come with me.

I'm not rotting away here!

The summer is okay...

but the winter is a living hell!

Didn'tyou everwant to leave?

I never thought about it.

Never wanted

to move somewhere else?

Yes, years ago.

To move here and get married.


Excuse me.

You can do the room now.

We'll be out here all morning.

Yes, madam.

Doyou play...

What's "chess" in French?

- Chess?

- Yes.

Doyou play chess?



What's wrong?

An accident?

No. I just wanted to seeyou.

That's nice butyou had me worried.

Shit, sory.

Sure you're okay?

Yes, I'm fine.

I have to go,

we have to finish today.

I'm behind.


Seeyou later.

When we wereyour age

we had summerjobs.

To earn some money.

My English teacher

recommended this course.

So what? Your mom and I

work like slaves.

I don't want to be likeyou!

- Like what?

- Poor!

- Is it shameful?

- It's nothing to be proud o

Has she ever gone without?


Calm down.

You know she doesn't mean it.

Two building contracts

were canceled.

Thiery may cut workers.

The people who earn money

aren't spending it anymore.

How will we manage?

We'll see.

Did you askyourYankee for a raise?

- How much is this trip to England?

- 400 euros.


We'll have to tighten our belts.

I'm meetingJacky,

we have a game to finish.

Don't wait up for me.

And he doesn't do anything.

Nothing seems to interest him.

Lfyou ask him

what he wants to do...

you know what he answers?

"I want to be famous!"

Doctor Krger?

That man's impossible!

Does he giveyou a hard time too?

He's all right.

Lucky all my patients

aren't like him!

Have a nice day.


Hello, Doctor Krger.


ty not to move eveything.

I can't find anything

afteryou've been here.

I'm sory. All right.

Do my room first.

I wanted to ask...

It's about my...

- Aboutyour?

- Salay. My husband thinks...

Does he think foryou?

No, I think so too...

You could give me a raise.


Seeyou soon.

One, two, three!


Happy birthday!

- Cut the cake!

- Right. Candles!

- Here.

- Happy birthday.

Birthday presents!

An electronic chess set.

So I see. What's it for?

Playing chess, I'd say!

- But I can't play.

- You can learn.

They say it improves the mind!

Vey funny. Can you play?



It's a change from backgammon.

Who am I supposed to playwith?

I don't know. With me?

Or on your own.

It's a game

you can play on your own.

On my own?

Tiny computer big brain!

Come on, let's have some cake.

Pass your plates.

Why did you do it?

Thanks, Hlne.

- I hope it didn't cost too much?

- No.


- And champagne glasses!

- Right!

Where's the cork?

The cork for luck!

- It went well, huh?

- Veywell.

Getting up in the morning

will be tough.

Good night, love.

The knight...

The rook...

The pawn...

The king...

"One element

that makes chess so rich...

is the different movements

ofall the pieces.

The queen

is the most powerful piece."

The queen

is the most powerful piece...

Got eveything?

I'm not going to Mars!

Here. Take it.

You never know.

- Thanks. Areyou sure?

- Yes.

Lisa! You'll miss your boat!


- Be careful.

- I'm not a child!

That's what worries me!

- Come for a drink?

- Not today.

You never come over now.

I don't have time. Bye.

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