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Love Me if You Dare (2004)



Critic Consensus: The romantic leads are too obnoxious and self-centered to generate interest or sympathy.

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Part romantic comedy and part black comedy, director Yann Samuell's 2003 feature film debut Jeux d'Enfants (Love Me if You Dare) follows the exploits of two young would-be lovers as they go from childhood to adulthood with themselves as the greatest hurdle to their own happiness. Julien and Sophie first meet at the age of eight when both are undergoing great trauma: Julien is watching his mother die and Sophie has become the focus of intense hazing at the hands of some fellow schoolmates. On one fateful day, Julien decides to stick up for Sophie and pulls a practical joke on her tormentors. Henceforth, the two embark on a close friendship that revolves around daring each other to pull increasingly audacious practical jokes, rather than on the seemingly obvious intimate relationship they seem dangerously close to discovering at any moment. Jeux d'Enfants was selected for inclusion into the 2003 Toronto International Film Festival as well as that same year's Telluride International Film Festival.

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Thibault Verhaeghe
as Young Julien
Joséphine Lebas-Joly
as Sophie, Age 8
Emmanuelle Gronvold
as Julien's Mother
Gerard Watkins
as Julien's Father
Julia Faure
as Sophie's Sister
Laetizia Venezia
as Christelle
Nathalie Nattier
as Sophie (age 80)
Robert Willar
as Julien (age 80)
Philippe Drecq
as School Director
Isabelle Delval
as Clothilde
Nathalie Philip
as Julien's Nurse
Delphine Aerts
as Senior Center Nurse
Isabelle Goethals Carre
as Senior Center Director
Mathilde Verkinderen
as Charlotte (age 8)
Melchior LeBeaut
as Luc (age 4)
Emmanuel LeMire
as Doctor No. 1
Michel Angely
as Bus Driver
Fernand Kindt
as Scrabble Player
Cedric Lombard
as Library Student
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Critic Reviews for Love Me if You Dare

All Critics (79) | Top Critics (31)

For his feature film debut, director Yann Samuell mainlines into Amelie for inspiration but can scarcely muster a contact high.

October 3, 2004 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Movie characters don't have to be nice, but they do need to be interesting. Nastiness without intrigue translates, in whatever language, to 'annoying.'

September 10, 2004 | Rating: 2/4

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

August 19, 2004 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Love Me If You Dare is far from everybody's cup of latte, but for those willing to take that dare, it has plenty to chew on.

July 9, 2004 | Rating: 4/5

Melds the magic of childhood memories with the pain of unrequited love.

June 17, 2004 | Rating: 4/5

Provides an enjoyable ride, even if style wins out over substance.

June 15, 2004 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Love Me if You Dare

Artsy fartsy French film...never could get into this kind too much.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

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Not only is every scene between mother and son hideously corny and sentimental, but it is almost impossible to put up with two sociopaths so utterly immature, disgusting and loathsome amid conflicts that are all childish, irritating and artificial.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Juvenile and selfish, Love Me If You Dare dares to entertain in an appalling manner depicting an affair adulterated by irrationality, irresponsibility, and immaturity. Inspired by Amélie in cinematic behavior and approach, Love Me If You Dare is an intriguing confusion communicating offensive and embarrassing messages aggravated by improper humor.

Jan Marc Macababayao
Jan Marc Macababayao

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