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Love Me If You Dare (2003)

Jeux d'enfants (original title)
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As adults, best friends Julien and Sophie continue the odd game they started as children -- a fearless competition to outdo one another with daring and outrageous stunts. While they often act out to relieve one another's pain, their game might be a way to avoid the fact that they are truly meant for one another.



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


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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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:

$1,998,752 (France), 17 September 2003, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,546, 23 May 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$548,707, 3 October 2004

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,007,867, 29 June 2008
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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Marion Cotillard and Guillaume Canet played a couple in this movie and in 2007 they started dating. In 2011, their first child was born. The two actors didn't met on the set of "Love Me If You Dare", it happened years before starring together in the movie and they were friends since the '90s. 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 »


Julien à 8 ans: But all that means pretty much the same. It means:" I hurt, like no one else on earth, Mars, or even Altair IV!"
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La Vie en Rose
Music by Louiguy
Lyrics by Édith Piaf
Performed by Louis Armstrong, Donna Summer, Zazie and Trio Esperança
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5 June 2005 | by See all my reviews

Two children start an odd game of outdoing each other with limitless dares and stunts, but as they grow into adulthood their stunts become more dangerous and life threatening. Soon enough they realize that their continuation of the game had been a desperate attempt to hide the fact that they were meant for each other. Right away this film starts off in a dream like state, giving us the sense that we're really watching a school play put on by 4th graders. The mood is very light and playful and goes along with the child like innocence of Julien and Sophie. As the two characters mature so does the directing (for lack of a better phrasing). No longer do we feel like we are in the dream of a 10 year old. Reality settles in and eventually the mood in the film becomes very dark and almost depressing. I loved everything about this movie: the plot, the actors (and the chemistry between them) but most of all the directing. I liked the way Yann changed the mood in the film to match that of the character's ages. 9/10

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