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L’ESQUIVE

Director: ABDEL KECHICHE

FRANCE • 2003 • SUBTITLED • COLOUR • DOLBY DIGITAL STEREO • 117 MIN


Krimo (Osman Elkharraz) has broken up with his girlfriend and set his sights on Lydia (Sara Forestier), who’s playing the lead character in their school’s adaptation of Marivaux’s 18th-century play The Game of Love and Chance. Krimo bribes a friend for his role in the play, just so he can be close to Lydia, which perpetuates all sorts of melodramas. In the Marivaux comedy, the identity-swapping characters discover that they can’t escape their classdetermined destinies. L’esquive (the title is French slang for ‘dodging’) poses a parallel predicament: can great literature lift these banlieue adolescents out of their dreary surroundings? Director Kechiche doesn’t seek to shock or inspire. He also avoids making big political statements, seldom drawing attention to the ethnicity of his cast.


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