Me If You Dare (15)
Directed by Yann Samuell, Written by Yann Samuell and Jacky Cukier
Screening at FACT from 8th - 14th October 2004
Love Me If You Dare (Jeux D'Enfants) is a 93 minute celebration of that
crazy little thing called love, capturing the dizzying highs and lows
with imaginative direction that is magical, dreamy and enchanting.
As the film begins, Julien (Thibault Verhaeghe) and Sophie (Josephine
Lebas-Joly) are two inseparable eight-year-olds, sharing mischievous dares
and a private world of fantasy only they understand. As time moves on,
the games become more disturbing than playful and the duo (now played
by Guillaume Canet and Marion Cotillard) are separated by circumstances
and their own adolescent petulance. But of course I'm not spoiling too
much by saying that is not the end of the story...
Cynics may object to certain similarities between Love Me If You Dare
and 2001’s Amelie, but this is probably a matter of French cultural
outlook and style than mere copying; it is difficult to imagine a British
or American-made romantic film having as much spark and joy. Disarmingly
charming and subtly funny this is a genuinely life-affirming fairy-tale
which must surely melt all but the hardest of hearts.