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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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Love Me If You Dare Review


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A smash hit in its native France, "Love Me If You Dare" is a precariously bold, dark but light-hearted comedy about a boy and a girl who grow up together challenging each other to more and more outrageous -- and sometimes even dangerous -- dares.

It's a game they play throughout their lives, much to the frustration and chagrin of parents, teachers, co-workers, lovers, spouses, and increasingly, each other. But it's a game so engrained in the personalities and self-identities of intellectual Julien (Guillaume Canet) and precocious Sophie (Marion Cotillard) that neither one is willing to back down and admit what's really going on -- namely that they're in love.

Trading a knocked-about carousel candy tin back and forth as a symbol of each challenge and a trophy of its completion, the game begins as a welcome distraction from trouble in their childhoods (although every dare seems to get them in more trouble). In their teens it becomes an excuse for embarrassments, pranks and sexual provocation, and in adulthood the dares devolve into emotionally dangerous symbols of their envy, disappointment and disapproval.

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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...

Love Me If You Dare Movie Review

Love Me If You Dare Movie Review

A smash hit in its native France, "Love Me If You Dare" is a precariously...

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