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Love Me If You Dare Review


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The enemy of the protagonist-lovers in this fateful love story is not their feuding families as in Shakespeare's tragedy Romeo and Juliet, but each other. The instrument of injury isn't a knife but a game. And when the game that was so much fun as children develops into a competition that substitutes for trust and emotional connection, the game wins. Or so director Yann Samuell wants us to believe.

As an eight-year old, Julien (Thibault Verhaeghe) can't accept his mother's (Emmanuelle Gronvold) mortality as cancer steals her life away. It devastates him and his reality when she finally passes and he loses the parent he was closest to and needed most. He focuses his energy away from his heartbreak and, when young Sophie (Josephine Lebas Joly) becomes his playmate, her mischievous imagination leads them both into a world of amusement. That world includes destructive pranks and dirty words in class, each the response to a game of "Dare."

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An Affair Of Love Review


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My first thought was, "Oh God, another one of those pretentious foreign art house sex films." The opening shot features one of those busy Parisian streets, the locals hustling by in a blur of slow motion. This city tells a thousand stories, my friends, and An Affair of Love is one of them.

As if to add insult to injury, our first actual scenes are of the woman (Nathalie Baye, Day For Night) and man (Sergi López) after the affair, being interviewed by some off-screen voice. It's very When Harry Met Sally..., only with the added layer of being French lovers talking about their passionate encounters. Hoo boy, this is gonna be a long road, isn't it?

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Love Me If You Dare Movie Review

Love Me If You Dare Movie Review

The enemy of the protagonist-lovers in this fateful love story is not their feuding families...

An Affair Of Love Movie Review

An Affair Of Love Movie Review

My first thought was, "Oh God, another one of those pretentious foreign art house sex...

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