Director: Abdellatif Kechiche

1h 57 min. 2002

Portraits of Paris’ racially mixed banlieux have predictably tended to focus on crime and violence, but L’Esquive, from Tunisian-born director Abdellatif Kechiche adopts a rewardingly different approach: the film is a sensitive observational portrait of young love. It follows restless 15-year-old Krimo (Osman Elkharraz) as he develops a crush on blond classmate Lydia (Sara Forestier), who is rehearsing for a theatre performance of Marivaux’s ‘A Game of Love of Chance.’ Lydia persuades Krimo to join her in the production, as Krimo uses this opportunity to get closer to Lydia. Kechiche elicits rich performances from his non-professional youth cast. This film recently swept the Cesars, winning four awards including Best French Film. Cast includes: Osman Elkharraz, Sara Forestier, Sabrina Ouazani.

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