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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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From the visionary mind of director Yann Samuell comes France's hit comedy! See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Did You Know?


After playing the daughter of Polish immigrants Sophie Kowalsky in this movie, 10 years later Marion Cotillard played another Polish character in The Immigrant (2013), Ewa Cybulska. See more »


The first time we see the bus driver chasing the bus his hat falls off towards the left side of the road. The second time it drops directly behind him to the right of the middle. See more »


Sophie à 8 ans: What'll you be when you grow up?
Julien à 8 ans: A tyrant!
Sophie à 8 ans: A tyrant? Your people subjugated?
Julien à 8 ans: Totally! With a harem, slaves, and torture every Thursday!
Sophie à 8 ans: Cool!
Julien à 8 ans: And you?
Sophie à 8 ans: Well, I... No, it's too dumb.
Julien à 8 ans: Tell me!
Sophie à 8 ans: You won't like it.
Julien à 8 ans: I told you! Tell me!
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La Vie en Rose
Music by Louiguy and Marguerite Monnot
Lyrics by Édith Piaf
Performed by Zazie
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Again, why I love French movies.
3 June 2005 | by (Austin, TX) – See all my reviews

SPOILER BY WAY OF INTERPRETATION###### Most movies have one thing sinisterly in common with life. Both pretend that while people are good, life is full of bad things that happen to them which sometimes make them do bad things later. This is true, too, of villains. They are always justified by a bad child-hood or society. This movie is not much different. Sophie is abused because of her heritage/race (in French films this is allowed to be a background detail, in an American film they only mention it if that's what the movie's about in the first place, and even then they feel compelled to include a moral lesson about it {basically in order to deny that it is a facet of everyday life}). Julien's loss of his mother is his own motivation. But seriously folks the character's motivations are exactly what this movie is NOT about. They live their lives the way they do, not out of self-defense, but out of love of life. The ending makes perfect sense when viewed from this perspective. Do you dare to live life? Do you have unlimited control of your actions? If you did AND you had someone calling you on it at every point then your life would be as wild and nonsensical as these two fantasy figures. Wuthering Heights? Maybe. Romeo and Juliet? More likely.

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