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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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Yann Samuell

Writer:

Yann Samuell
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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 »

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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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DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film is dedicated to Yann Samuell's parents-in-law Gerard and Sonia. Gerard and Sonia lent their house to Yann Samuell while he was writing the screenplay. The two were killed in a car crash a week before the film was released. 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] This game started with a pretty house. A pretty bus with no driver. A pretty box... and a pretty girl.
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Connections

Referenced in Rock'n Roll (2017) 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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C'est Incroyable
30 July 2005 | by richard-walker-1See all my reviews

This may be one of the best French films I have seen in a long, long time. In many ways it reminds me of Berliner's "Ma Vie en Rose" (and not just because this film also uses Zazie's brilliant rendition of the Piaf song). It has much of the same Pierre et Giles aesthetic that made the other film so memorable and the child actors also display a similarly remarkable complexity that is so rare when they are usually depicted in film.

Very rarely does a film have the capacity to surprise me this much - either with the usually predictable storyline or when trying to understand the character's motivations etc. But this film continually had me reeling when trying to get a grip on it and, in the end, just when I thought it was a predictable love story...!! For this reason alone I found it a most remarkable film and I would strongly recommend seeing it.

This film will not appeal to lovers of mainstream American cinema - it is too intelligent in the way it challenges our usual expectations. We usually expect to finish watching a film and have no questions - to have everything wrapped up nice and neatly so we can get on with our lives.

If you do not want to suddenly find yourself asking "Pour quoi?" a week later or waking up with the haunting refrains of the unique renditions of the Piaf song in your head, then I would suggest you rent a more predictable movie.

However, if you like being alternately surprised, delighted and haunted by a unique film and wonderful soundtrack - check this one out.


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