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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
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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 ... 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 »

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Trivia

Marion Cotillard and Guillaume Canet played a couple in this movie and in 2007 they started dating. In 2011, their first child was born. The two actors didn't met on the set of "Love Me If You Dare", it happened years before starring together in the movie and they were friends since the '90s. 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] Friends are like eyeglasses. They make you look smart, but get scratched and then bore you. Luckily, sometimes, you get super cool glasses. Me... I've got Sophie!
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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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User Reviews

A Romantic Comedy With Nasty Bits
4 June 2004 | by noraleeSee all my reviews

"Love Me If You Dare (Jeux d'enfants)" has a premise not unlike "40 Days and 40 Nights" and "How To Lose A Guy in 10 Days" in bringing the attractive lovers together, apart, and together on a dare.

But where the Hollywood movies pretty much only involve hurt feelings solved with a heartfelt apology, debut writer/director Yann Samuell has his characters play for deeper stakes that bitterly cut to the psychological core of each damaged partner.

Imaginative cinematography by Antoine Roch and special effects keep you guessing what is real or fantasy or flash forward or metaphor and keeps vengeance from overwhelming the romantic comedy mode.

The white on white subtitles are the most illegible I've seen in years, but the clever uses of many cover versions of "La Vie en Rose" will have you humming the song as you leave the theater.


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Country:

France | Belgium

Language:

French

Release Date:

28 May 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Liège, Wallonia, Belgium See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,546, 23 May 2004

Gross USA:

$553,504

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,604,201
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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