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Yann Samuell (writer)
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From the visionary mind of director Yann Samuell comes France's hit comedy! See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Guillaume Canet ... Julien Janvier

Marion Cotillard ... Sophie Kowalsky
Thibault Verhaeghe ... Julien à 8 ans
Joséphine Lebas-Joly ... Sophie à 8 ans
Emmanuelle Grönvold ... Julien's Mother
Gérard Watkins ... Julien's Father

Gilles Lellouche ... Sergei Nimov Nimovitch
Julia Faure ... Sophie's Sister
Laëtizia Venezia Tarnowska ... Christelle Louise Bouchard (as Laetizia Venezia)

Élodie Navarre ... Aurélie Miller
Nathalie Nattier ... Sophie à 80 ans
Robert Willar ... Julien (80 ans)
Frédéric Geerts ... Igor
Manuela Sanchez ... Teacher
Philippe Drecq ... School Principal
Luc Bromagne ... Priest
Jean-Michel Flagothier ... Dorzac
Stéphane Auberghen ... Proctor
Isabelle Delval ... Clothilde
Christophe Rossignon ... Doctor #2
Nathalie Philip ... Julien's Nurse
Delphine Aerts ... Senior Center Nurse
Isabelle Goethals Carre ... Senior Center Director
Mathilde Verkinderen ... Charlotte à 8 ans
Melchior LeBeaut ... Julien à 4 ans
Emmanuel LeMire ... Doctor #1
Jessica Rinalo ... Child
Emmanuel Brunin ... Child
Joeffrey Simon ... Child
Amandine Courrire ... Child
Jessica Vitello ... Child
Michel Angely ... Bus Driver
Fernand Kindt ... Scrabble Player
Cedric Lombard ... Library Student

Directed by
Yann Samuell 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Yann Samuell  writer

Produced by
Ève Machuel .... executive producer
Patrick Quinet .... co-producer
Stephane Quinet .... co-producer
Christophe Rossignon .... producer
Original Music by
Philippe Rombi 
Cinematography by
Antoine Roch 
Film Editing by
Judith Rivière Kawa 
Andrea Sedlácková 
Casting by
Gigi Akoka 
Production Design by
Jean-Michel Simonet 
Costume Design by
Julie Mauduech 
Makeup Department
Paul de Fisser .... key hair stylist
Lelia Delval .... assistant hair stylist
Carole Henrotin .... additional hair stylist
Françoise Joset .... key makeup artist
Laetitia Ruffez .... additional makeup artist
Francoise Sanner .... additional hair stylist (as Françoise Sanner)
Milou Sanner .... additional hair stylist
Michelle Van Brussel .... additional makeup artist
Production Management
Julien Azoulay .... post-production manager
Aurore Benoit .... assistant unit manager (as Aurore Benoît)
Olivier Chiavassa .... production manager
Marc Dalmans .... unit manager
Dimitri Linder .... unit production manager
Olivier Rausin .... production manager
Stéphane Riga .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Alain Braconnier .... second assistant director
Benoît Nguyen Lang .... third assistant director
Thomas Tréfouel .... first assistant director
Christophe 'Jazz' Verdonck .... assistant director
Mael Buathier .... additional assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Benoît Amans .... property master: Belgium
Mohamed Ayada .... assistant decorator
Anthony Baron .... key painter
Hélène Bertrand .... painter
Florence Boquiast .... tapestry
Thomas Cambois .... painter
Bernard Chenevier .... construction manager
Pierre De Craen .... set dresser (as Pierre Decraen)
Yann Dury .... carpenter
Michel Escande .... carpenter
Cédric Fidone .... carpenter
Marc-Philippe Guerig .... assistant art director
Cédric Hautin-Nelis .... assistant decorator
Soizic Hervé .... additional props
Jean-Paul Merckens .... set dresser
Valérie Moy .... painter
David Pitou .... carpenter
Paul Rouschop .... additional constructor
Stefan Ruben .... construction manager (as Stephan Rubens)
Laurent Stoffyn .... additional constructor
Lorette Teillet .... painter
Bart van Lint .... construction manager (as Bart Van Lint)
Guillaume Watrinet .... property master
Sound Department
Nicolas Becker .... foley artist
Benoît Biral .... assistant sound mixer
Thomas Desjonquères .... sound editor
Assia Dnednia .... assistant foley artist (as Assia Zipper)
Catherine Dubeau .... post-synchronisation
Marc Engels .... boom operator
Thomas Gauder .... sound mixer
Damien Lazzerini .... assistant sound (as Damien Bera)
Benjamin Leloch .... assistant sound
Pierre Mertens .... sound
Vincent Nouaille .... boom operator: second unit
Philippe Vandendriessche .... sound: second unit
Jean-Noël Yven .... sound effects editor
Special Effects by
Olivier de Laveleye .... special effects
Jacques Decort .... special effects
Marie Pierre Franck .... special effects (as Marie-Pierre Franckx)
Florian Sanson .... modeller
Pierre Wuidart .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Odile Beraud .... scan and shoot
Jacques Bled .... visual effects producer
Stephanie Boutinaud .... visual effects
Rodolphe Chabrier .... visual effects supervisor
Yoann Copinet .... vfx editor
Rosana D'Andrea .... 2K exploitation
Xavier de L'Hermuzière .... digital artist
Yves Delforge .... flame artist
Fabrice Faure .... flame artist
Sébastien Guyot .... scan and shoot
Christophe Keichinger .... scan and shoot
Arassou Kichenassamy .... scan and shoot
Stéphanie Machuret .... digital artist
David Montoya .... scan and shoot
Stéphane Praux .... 2K exploitation
Sébastien Rey .... visual effects artist
Marion Roger .... digital artist
Christophe Sabre .... scan and shoot
Gérard Soirant .... scan and shoot
Laurent Spillemaecker .... Flame artist
David Tomaszewski .... digital compositor
Sofi Vaillant .... digital artist
Martial Vallanchon .... visual effects supervisor
Eric Vidal .... digital artist
Jean-Louis Airola .... stunts
Sylvain Balieu .... stunt coordinator
Philippe Dailler .... stunts
Cyrille Dufaut .... stunts
Jean-Claude Lagniez .... stunts
Sébastien Lagniez .... stunts
Bruno Letrouit .... stunts
Patrick Médioni .... stunts
Patrick Ronchin .... stunts
Sébastien Seveau .... stunts
Luc Tramon .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Jean-Francois Baudelet .... crane operator
Philippe Bessy .... crane operator
Alexandre Bon .... aerial assistant camera
Stéphane Bourgoin .... electrician
Lucilio Da Costa Pais .... electrician
Nicolas Deblonde .... additional assistant camera
Réginald Desy .... grip
Jérôme Di Cola .... electrician
Dimitri Doulkeridis .... grip
Martin Escobar .... additional assistant camera
Jos Evenepoel .... grip
Denis Gaubert .... second assistant camera
Olivier Goelen .... additional grip
Brice Gomez .... electrician
Léopold Gomez .... gaffer
Virgile Gomez-Fernandez .... electrician (as Virgile Gomez)
Antoine Gueugneau .... first assistant camera
Laurent Guénoun .... underwater camera operator
Renaat Lambeets .... Steadicam operator
Natacha Lee .... second assistant camera
Jean-Claude Lother .... still photographer
Thierry Ramanana .... grip
Charlet Recors .... aerial camera operator
Chris Renson .... camera operator
Jean-François Roqueplo .... key grip
Sébastien Saadoun .... first assistant camera: second unit
Eric Sacher .... crane operator
Rachel Simoni .... second assistant camera
Dominique Sirault .... additional electrician
Emmanuel Van Wambeke .... key grip
Julien Vanhille .... additional assistant camera
Oliver Verdoot .... crane technician
Laurent Waltenier .... grip
Pierre Weité .... additional assistant camera (as Pierre-André Weité)
Frédéric Wormser .... additional assistant camera
Casting Department
Florence Bovy .... extras casting
Laure Cochener .... casting assistant
Anne Demily .... extras casting
Gerda Diddens .... casting: Belgium
Ophélie Gelber .... casting assistant
Jacqueline Wawrzyniak .... casting: Lille
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Yolaine Cotte Verdi .... costumer
Dorothée Lissac .... costumer
Editorial Department
Nicolas Criqui .... digital conformation
Julius Friede .... digital intermediate colorist
Marjolaine Mispelaere .... color timer
Philippe Reinaudo .... digital intermediate technical director
Philippe Tourret .... post-production coordinator
Music Department
Richard Boudarham .... orchestra manager
Benjamin Caillaud .... assistant music recordist
Cédric Genachte-Lebail .... assistant music recordist
Olivier Jano .... music copyist
Raymond Maillard .... musician: cello solos
Nicolas Montazaud .... musician: percussion
Stéphane Reichart .... music scoring mixer
Stephan Rodescu .... musician: violin solos
Géraldine Rombi .... music supervisor
Philippe Rombi .... conductor
Philippe Rombi .... orchestrator
Jacky Tricoire .... musician: electric guitar solos
Other crew
Tony Arnoux .... press attache
Anne Bernard .... production coordinator
Laure Cochener .... acting coach: children
Marielle Duigou .... production assistant
Pol Fourmois .... groupman
Ophélie Gelber .... acting coach: children
Véronique Hallot .... production administrator
Isabelle Le Grix .... script supervisor
Joseph Matukewicz .... studio executive
Georges Polonia .... groupman
André-Paul Ricci .... press attache
Harmel Sbraire .... acting coach: children
Bernard Vander Donckt .... production accountant
Thierry Verhelst .... groupman

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Jeux d'enfants" - France (original title)
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Rated R for language and some sexuality
93 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

When Julien is at the cemetery on the day after which he and Sophie haven't seen each other for ten years, he wishes Sophie would just appear and sing "La Vie en Rose", a song by Édith Piaf. Marion Cotillard (Sophie) would later win an Academy Award for playing Piaf in La Vie en Rose (2007).See more »
Continuity: 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!"See more »
Movie Connections:
Remade as Karle Pyaar Karle (2014)See more »
La Vie en RoseSee more »


How did they get out of the cement block ?
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50 out of 63 people found the following review useful.
Love Means Saying "Game", 27 August 2005
Author: aimless-46 from Kentucky

The first feature from French director Yann Samuell is an "expressionistic" allegory about love, disguised as a romantic fantasy. It is about how in our relationships we never outgrow childhood games or fully recover from the insecurities caused by deep childhood wounds. It is about how people in love constantly test each other. Each dare is a renewed demand for the other person to prove their love, no matter what the sacrifice.

"Love Me If You Dare" is a gimmick translation of "Jeux d'enfants", a better translation would be "Games of Children". But given the general confusion about this film by English speaking viewers and critics the inaccurate title is probably appropriate. Film Theory 101 would include a discussion of the two basic film extremes, realism and expressionism. Generally the closer a film comes to reproducing reality, the less room there is for the filmmaker to express his artistry. Which is not to say that realism is necessarily less manipulative than expressionism, both aim to effect their viewing audience, expressionism is just less constrained.

When you are used to a steady diet of Hollywood realism, it is difficult to switch gears and watch a film like "Jeux d'enfants" without attempting to force it into the realism mold. The temptation is to gloss over the surreal elements and to take everything you see literally. But Samuell has a background as an illustrator and designer. Note the inventive visuals that employ a multitude of cardboard cutouts and idyllic fantasy settings. This is expressionism. Note the accelerated action segments and strange transitions. This is expressionism. Note the interesting time passage montages and flashbacks.

While you sometimes see similar stuff incorporated into a realistic film, it is explained away as a dream, hallucination, or memory. Here it is a tip-off that this is a surreal allegory like Bunuel's "The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie". If you avoid taking "Jeux d'enfants" too literally, stop being judgmental about the actions and motivations of its characters, and focus instead on picking up its allegorical elements you will probably understand it better and enjoy it more.

Then again, what do I know? I'm only a child.

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