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Love Me If You Dare Review

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This tale of Julien (Guillaume Canet) and Sophie (Marion Cotillard), best friends whose childhood games of dare and double-dare dangerously continue into adulthood...

★★★★★

The success of Amelie meant it would inevitably have its imitators and, of course, that they would fall short of the mark. Debutant director Yann Samuell's film owes such a heavy debt that the opening minutes shamelessly recreate the visual style and quirkily offbeat perspective of Jean-Pierre Jeunet's hit, yet without the latter's assurance and charm.

This tale of Julien (Guillaume Canet) and Sophie (Marion Cotillard), best friends whose childhood games of dare and double-dare dangerously continue into adulthood, plays with interesting ideas.

However, the attempt to tackle serious subjects in a flippant manner compromises its potential.

Samuell's naivety and inexperience lead to this being an uncomfortable, if intriguing, mess.

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