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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.

Director:

Yann Samuell

Writer:

Yann Samuell
5 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Guillaume Canet ... Julien Janvier
Marion Cotillard ... Sophie Kowalsky
Thibault Verhaeghe Thibault Verhaeghe ... Julien à 8 ans
Joséphine Lebas-Joly Joséphine Lebas-Joly ... Sophie à 8 ans
Emmanuelle Grönvold Emmanuelle Grönvold ... Julien's Mother
Gérard Watkins Gérard Watkins ... Julien's Father
Gilles Lellouche ... Sergei Nimov Nimovitch
Julia Faure Julia Faure ... Sophie's Sister
Laëtizia Venezia Tarnowska Laëtizia Venezia Tarnowska ... Christelle Louise Bouchard (as Laetizia Venezia)
Élodie Navarre ... Aurélie Miller
Nathalie Nattier Nathalie Nattier ... Sophie à 80 ans
Robert Willar Robert Willar ... Julien (80 ans)
Frédéric Geerts Frédéric Geerts ... Igor
Manuela Sanchez Manuela Sanchez ... Teacher
Philippe Drecq 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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

France | Belgium

Language:

French

Release Date:

28 May 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Love Me If You Dare See more »

Filming Locations:

Liège, Wallonia, Belgium See more »

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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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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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's Mother: You think you're the first to play "Dares"?
Julien à 8 ans: Mom? What's the craziest thing you ever did?
Julien's Mother: Fly.
Julien à 8 ans: FLY? Fly where?
Julien's Mother: Across the sky.
Julien à 8 ans: Show me. Come on, fly, fly, fly!
Julien's Mother: Game!
[slowly spreads arms out, followed by a dramatic pause]
Julien's Mother: Later.
[puts arms down]
[...]
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Connections

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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Not fair
12 May 2004 | by paulo1bSee all my reviews

It's funny how when it comes to french movies, french people are just so harsh (i'm refering to previous comments about this movie and others)!

This one starts really (i mean really) good and, it's true, goes through worse scenes ... but the end ... well I loved it! It sure can be accused to mimic american movies (just listen to the music and the "passing-above" camera moves) but shortly after it really turns ... well ... "french". But it's not a bad thing in my opinion. Talking about the characters, You just can't help thinking "what's with them ?", why are they acting like they do ? I like to think it's because of a tradition in french cinema. Characters have to be twisted and torn apart because of their deep feelings.

In the sequence of events, it can be perceived as seemingly weird ... and I have no answer to that ... Yet I appreciated it quite much and I'm looking forward to watching the next Samuell's piece. I rated it 9 out of 10. And i can only tell: watch it!


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