Kevin Kline and the luminous Sandrine Bonnaire square off in this stylish and sophisticated dramedy of newfound passions and mid-life triumphs, set on the postcard-perfect isle of Corsica. Lovely, repressed and quietly intelligent, French chambermaid Helene comes upon a couple engaged in an intensely sensual chess match, and discovers she has a knack for the game. This obsession leads her to seek the clandestine tutelage of a reclusive American doctor a liaison that radically transforms both of their lackluster lives. Based on Bertina Henrichs' acclaimed novel La Joueuse d'echec.
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