Les jeux sont faits (film)

Les jeux sont faits, known in English as The Chips are Down, is a 1947 French fantasy film directed by Jean Delannoy, based on the screenplay of the same name by French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre. It was entered into the 1947 Cannes Film Festival.[1]

Les jeux sont faits
Directed byJean Delannoy
Produced byLouis Wipf
Written byJacques-Laurent Bost
Jean Delannoy
Jean-Paul Sartre
StarringMicheline Presle
CinematographyChristian Matras
Edited byHenri Taverna
Release date
  • 2 July 1947 (1947-07-02)
Running time
105 minutes


In a country very similar to France under German military occupation, two people are murdered at the same moment. Ève is poisoned by her influential husband, who wants her money and her naïve younger sister, Lucette. Pierre, a worker and a leader of the resistance, is shot by an informer. Meeting in the afterlife, the two fall in love. As they were fated to do so, but prevented by others, they are granted 24 hours back on earth. Their first mission is to do a favour to a dead man who was worried about his young daughter. Then, after brief sex, they address unfinished business. Ève confronts her evil husband and tries to convince her sister of his treachery. Pierre goes to a meeting of resisters and tries to convince them that their organisation is compromised by traitors. The 24 hours are up and most of the time was spent not on enjoying and deepening their relationship, which was often edgy, but on efforts to help others. Back in the afterlife they agree to part.



  1. "Festival de Cannes: Les jeux sont faits". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 5 January 2009.
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