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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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... Julien Janvier
... 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
... Sergei Nimov Nimovitch
Julia Faure ... Sophie's Sister
Laëtizia Venezia Tarnowska ... Christelle Louise Bouchard (as Laetizia Venezia)
... Aurélie Miller
Nathalie Nattier ... Sophie à 80 ans
Robert Willar ... Julien (80 ans)
Frédéric Geerts ... Igor
Manuela Sanchez ... Teacher
Philippe Drecq ... School Principal
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Storyline

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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Are you game? See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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

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28 May 2004 (USA)  »

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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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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Julien à 8 ans: [narrating] Friends are like eyeglasses. They make you look smart, but get scratched and then bore you. Luckily, sometimes, you get super cool glasses. Me... I've got Sophie!
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Referenced in Filmbarátok Podcast: Episode #1.137 (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

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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The World is Their Playground
24 August 2004 | by See all my reviews

I love this film. It's light, dreamy, and colorful. The movie does not ask you to take it seriously, but simply to watch as Julien and Sophie play with the elements of conventional life. I'm reminded of a character from Milan Kundera's Immortality, who played with the world in the same fervor and commitment.

We see Julien and Sophie's games becoming more and more elaborate as they grow up, affecting other lives even. And when they do, you understand at most levels that they do not mean to hurt other people. They just play as the game is supposed to be played.

It is fantasy in that it lets you suspend realism for a moment, and dwell on the things we take for granted many times- laughter, romance, and childlike innocence. This movie made me smile, and I have no need to question motivations etc. It would be absurd to questions things that are meant to be left alone in their wonder.


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