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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
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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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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Runtime:

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

Teacher: Nouns beginning with "B"? Yes, Sophie?
Sophie à 8 ans: "B" for... "Big-dick", "bonk"... "B" for "Beat the beaver", "bordello", "balls", "blow-job", "bug-eyed baboon", "bitchbag"... "Beat it, bitchbag!"
Teacher: Think you're funny, miss? What language! I'm giving you zero, "Z" for "zero"! We'll see if the principal thinks it's funny.
[Julien passes Sophie the box]
Teacher: Julien! What's going on? To the principal's with Sophie!
Julien à 8 ans: [while being escorted to the principal's office] "Boner".
Sophie à 8 ans: What?
Julien à 8 ans: "B" for "boner".
Sophie à 8 ans: I didn't have time!
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Connections

Remade as Karle Pyaar Karle (2014) 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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Until death us do part
30 October 2004 | by =G=See all my reviews

To understand "Love Me If You Dare", one must harken back to childhood when fondness translated to teasing. So it is with Julien and Sophie, the central characters of this film, who in childhood become fast friends because of a game they share (or visa versa) which involves one challenging the other to do something outrageous while passing a gayly decorated candy canister to them. Upon completion of the dare, the canisters is passed back and the dared person announces "Game!". And so it goes, back and forth, as the children grow to adolescents and then to adults with the brinksmanship and friendship becoming increasingly substantial and the ubiquitous canister the ever present reminder of their unspoken bond. Finely crafted though sometimes disjointed, this creative work is full of life and energy and passion and its ever escalating story is maddeningly captivating and unsatisfying as it waxes toward its inevitable and somewhat clumsy conclusion. A love it or hate it audience dividing flick, "Love Me..." can be appreciated on as many levels as it can be condemned. The only way you'll know if you like it is to watch it. (A-)


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