Love Me If You Dare
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I was really pleasantly surprised by this movie because I loved "Amelie" and hated "Secretary," yet I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. The story of two people so obviously in love with each other yet so wrong for each other turns the romantic comedy archetype on its head. And it's not just the typical "he/she is from the wrong side of the tracks" storyline although that plays a part. There are SO many reasons why Sophie and Julien should not be together, so much so that in any other movie you would end up hating one or both characters, but you can't help but like and want them to be together. It's so cheesy to say "Oh, they're soulmates" but they are and it's not a neat, pretty package. I love how this movie explores that idea because it shows everything that goes along with love - jealously, anger, bitterness, passion, and even hatred. It's messy and it can be dark, but it's also the most exhilarating, undiminished thing in your life.
Don't be turned off by my review - it's not all dark. There are enough moments of whimsy to satisfy the most avid "Amelie"-lover out there. Some moments will make you laugh out loud. And some moments will make you blanch.Read more ›
I'll spare you a synopsis, but basically this is a movie about two people who I think really are in love with eachother(they form an undeniable bond as children), but don't know how to turn off the dare button to be honest enough about their true feelings and are too insecure to be the first one to assert their love. And so, the dare game continues to some really disturbing levels. Disturbing, yes-but in a sorta "aha-top that one!" entertaining way, where you do anticipate how each will raise the bar each time. It's a sick exercise, but there you go.
It's sad in a way too cause by the time they are honest enough, things are just too much of a mess by then. I watched it again for the second time, and actually the earlier parts of the film come off much more sadly because both attempt to express their feelings, but are shut down by the other's insecure responses. That part of the movie is what rings true to me actually, and so it makes the movie have a sad, regretful tone to it, even though the more sensational parts of the movie get the spotlight....
"Love Me If You Dare" is a gimmick translation of "Jeux d'enfants", a better translation would be "Games of Children". But given the general confusion about this film by English speaking viewers and critics the inaccurate title is probably appropriate. Film Theory 101 would include a discussion of the two basic film extremes, realism and expressionism. Generally the closer a film comes to reproducing reality, the less room there is for the filmmaker to express his artistry. Which is not to say that realism is necessarily less manipulative than expressionism, both aim to affect their viewing audience, expressionism is just less constrained.
When you are used to a steady diet of Hollywood realism, it is difficult to switch gears and watch a film like "Jeux d'enfants" without attempting to force it into the realism mold. The temptation is to gloss over the surreal elements and to take everything you see literally. But Samuell has a background as an illustrator and designer. Note the inventive visuals that employ a multitude of cardboard cutouts and idyllic fantasy settings. This is expressionism. Note the accelerated action segments and strange transitions. This is expressionism. Note the interesting time passage montages and flashbacks.Read more ›
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I saw this movie years ago and fell in love. It was almost impossible to find on DVD. I would always tell my friends "If you want to watch a wirlwind of a movie, this is... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Melissa Beverlin
This is hands down one of my favorite movies. Love the on screen couple (and the fact that they are actually together in real life too). Read morePublished 5 months ago by Nisha Faruqui
I have never loved a movie more. I have watched this dozens of times. The love story is so moving to me on such a personal level I cry during the movie at inappropriate times... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Imightyaphrodite
Not your typical love story. It's a beautiful story of the games and heartache that go along with some loves. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Veronica Estrada
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