Love Me If You Dare (Jeux d'enfants)
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 44%

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"Movie characters don't have to be nice, but they do need to be interesting. Nastiness without intrigue translates, in whatever language, to 'annoying.'"
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"There's an outlaw fascination in watching two people for whom going too far is never far enough."
‑ Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"What a wonderful and demented love story!"
‑ Jason Gorber, Film Scouts
"Has a gimmicky, inventive style like Amelie, but the comedy has a very nasty edge."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"Samuell's naivety and inexperience lead to this being an uncomfortable, if intriguing, mess."
‑ Nick Dawson, Empire Magazine
"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."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"The problem is, the characters eventually start to seem like a couple of idiots."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"It twinkles itself right into a rubber room."
‑ Andrew Wright, The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
"The dreamlike amber washes and comic visual asides stress the otherness of the pair's reality, but seem to offer a limp excuse for their deluded exemption from empathy."
‑ Gianni Truzzi, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"Entertaining and appalling at once, an exercise in aesthetics that replaces the traditional unities with paradox, irony and cynicism."
‑ Rex Roberts, Film Journal International
"Melds the magic of childhood memories with the pain of unrequited love."
‑ Bill Muller, Arizona Republic
"The elegantly photographed, unconventional French romance was apparently intended as a valentine to individual liberation. If so, rarely has the line between individual liberation and selfish irresponsibility seemed so blurry."
‑ Philip Wuntch, Dallas Morning News
"For his feature film debut, director Yann Samuell mainlines into Amelie for inspiration but can scarcely muster a contact high."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"Love Me If You Dare presents a...cynical and often downright cruel perspective on relationships, though the film's bubbly look keeps it from becoming too dark."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"A romantic dark comedy that'll have you scratching your head anew at what [the French] considers entertainment."
‑ Steve Schneider, Orlando Weekly
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