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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
15
Cast
Guillaume Canet
Marion Cotillard
Gilles Lellouche.
Directors
Yann Samuell.
Screenwriters
Yann Samuell
Jacky Cukier.
Running Time
94 minutes

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Love Me If You Dare
Adults playing double-dare in this Amelie-wannabe.


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


Review
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.


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


Reviewed by Nick Dawson

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Beautiful

Brilliant. I don't think I've ever cried so much in an hour and a half. As well as being an amusing romantic comedy, it is such a sad film. I disagree with the review completely, particularly because it was nothing like Amelie. It's a brilliant film, and should be appreciated. This review was awful, for it was the complete opposite of the film! ... More

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Posted by sarah2408 at 14:23, 21 November 2010 | Report This Post


Are you game?

*** This comment may contain spoilers *** This is the first foreign (I'm from the UK) film I have ever loved this much! I mean I loved Ringu and its sequel's but Love Me If You Dare is a great comedy about two people in love! And everything from the sex scenes to the ending with the cement is absolutely positively great! I just love this movie! I can't remember who play the lead characters but they are definitely great as Julien and the other one! The little box they hold onto when it is th... More

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Posted by tarantinoscorcese1 at 08:15, 31 May 2006 | Report This Post


RE: Are you game?

Although the review above certainly looks like an extract from The Daily Mail, this film truly is "captivating".   Love Me If You Dare (Jeux d'enfants) was beautifully directed by Yann Samuell and the casting of the exquisite Marion Cotillard cannot be missed. I was absolutely blown away by this film. It's all about a game of "Dare!" that continues throughout childhood to adulthood, becoming so intense that they do not know if the other is still playing the game or if they ar... More

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Posted by Jessica_ca_ca_ca at 13:58, 19 May 2006 | Report This Post


Are you game?

Their game was simple, hold the tin box, meet the dare. But as time past, the dares became bolder, the feelings more intense. Better than sex, better than love, better than life itself. It became and obsession. Are you game? This imaginative romantic adaptation of the mesmerising novel Jeux d’Efants by Georges Bizet. Is a number one hit film from France, and winner at the palm springs film festival. It’s a visually creative darkly comic romantic tale, where two childho... More

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Posted by awoods at 20:40, 16 May 2006 | Report This Post


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