Love Me if You Dare Reviews
As adults, best friends Julien and Sophie continue the odd game they started as children -- a fearless competition to outdo one another with daring and outrageous stunts. While they often act out to relieve one another's pain, their game might be a way to avoid the fact that they are truly meant for one another.
A movie about the secret real age of everyone. A film about games, illusions and desire. A love story. And a nostalgic french comedy. In fact, a subtle attempt to self-definition. I believe in childhood immortality. In the colors of a magic frame of mind who save every moment of routine. And this nice movie is only a pledge for the delicious "etat d'enfance". For the force of a strange love not for a person but for some words in which everybody is master of the moment. A toy, a game, a habit are elements of a sweet condition and parts of life's assumes. The Peter Pan spirit is the essence of every gesture of Julien, the root of his vacillation and ambiguity.
The box is treasure, legacy, source of power and cruelty, Narnia's door. It is the body of mum's memory and form of special normality. Because it is a gift with magic valences, the wall of personal world. The precious element of "Jeux d'enfants" is Marion Cotillard acting. Subtle, precise, well-balanced. Like in "Big Fish", his character is a light's source and sign of miracle, And it is not very easy.
A good film about a form of spell.
Jeux d'enfants ('Child's play') or 'Love me if you dare' is a love story born of a game of truth or dare gone out of control. When they first meet, Julien impresses Sophie (a bullied newcomer to his town) with a game based on a present from his mother - a brightly coloured candy tin. Thereafter the two are engaged in a playful rivalry: whoever has the box can force the other to perform a dare to get it back. Jeux d'enfants is comparable to 'In July' or 'A Life Less Ordinary', with significant dark-humour moments. Challenges esculate to include social faux pas (wearing clothing inside out) to outright cruelty (seducing an admirer to steal her earring, with no regard for her feelings).
Yet their love is honest throughout, despite the distinctly sociopathic tendencies that Julien is developing. It's when the relationship breaks up and Sophie reconnects with him as an adult that the plot becomes disjointed - turning into what some can interpret as an alternative timeline or even the dying dreams of 'what could have been'.