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Love Me If You Dare (2003)
"Jeux d'enfants" (original title)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  28 May 2004 (USA)
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A love story between two psychopaths that turns into a dare-or-not-dare game.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Thibault Verhaeghe ...
Joséphine Lebas-Joly ...
Emmanuelle Grönvold ...
Julien's Mother
Gérard Watkins ...
Julien's Father
Julia Faure ...
Sophie's Sister
Laëtizia Venezia Tarnowska ...
Christelle Louise Bouchard (as Laetizia Venezia)
Aurélie Miller
Nathalie Nattier ...
Robert Willar ...
Julien (80 ans)
Frédéric Geerts ...
Manuela Sanchez ...
Philippe Drecq ...
School Principal


Julien Janvier lost his mother young, drifted apart from his working class father and ever closer to confident Sophie Kowalsky, the Polish class outsider. Their dares game, symbolized by an interchanged music-box, grows ever bolder, regardless of harm to others and each-other. In his college years, it even suspends their relationship and toys with their marriages, but they are drawn back to each-other irresistibly. Written by KGF Vissers

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Rated R for language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

28 May 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Love Me If You Dare  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$1,846,997 (France) (19 September 2003)


$548,707 (USA) (1 October 2004)

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1.85 : 1
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The film is dedicated to Yann Samuell's parents-in-law Gerard and Sonia. Gerard and Sonia lent their house to Yann Samuell while he was writing the screenplay. The two were killed in a car crash a week before the film was released. See more »


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La Vie en Rose
Music by Louiguy and Marguerite Monnot
Lyrics by Édith Piaf
Performed by Trio Esperança
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C'est Incroyable
30 July 2005 | by (Montreal) – See all my reviews

This may be one of the best French films I have seen in a long, long time. In many ways it reminds me of Berliner's "Ma Vie en Rose" (and not just because this film also uses Zazie's brilliant rendition of the Piaf song). It has much of the same Pierre et Giles aesthetic that made the other film so memorable and the child actors also display a similarly remarkable complexity that is so rare when they are usually depicted in film.

Very rarely does a film have the capacity to surprise me this much - either with the usually predictable storyline or when trying to understand the character's motivations etc. But this film continually had me reeling when trying to get a grip on it and, in the end, just when I thought it was a predictable love story...!! For this reason alone I found it a most remarkable film and I would strongly recommend seeing it.

This film will not appeal to lovers of mainstream American cinema - it is too intelligent in the way it challenges our usual expectations. We usually expect to finish watching a film and have no questions - to have everything wrapped up nice and neatly so we can get on with our lives.

If you do not want to suddenly find yourself asking "Pour quoi?" a week later or waking up with the haunting refrains of the unique renditions of the Piaf song in your head, then I would suggest you rent a more predictable movie.

However, if you like being alternately surprised, delighted and haunted by a unique film and wonderful soundtrack - check this one out.

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