May 1, 2010

Love Me If You Dare - 2003

Director: Yann Samuel
Writer: Yann Samuel
Starring: Guillame Canet, Marion Cotillard

"A stupid game? Maybe so, but it was our game." This follows the lives of Julien (Canet) and Sophie (Cotillard) from their first meeting at age eight through the emotional turmoil of their adolescent and adult lives, most of which is brought about by a game of dares between them

I'll keep this one short and sweet, because that's what the film is like. The story is heartwarming, the characters are relatable, and the writing is inspired. I'd compare this film to Amelie, for those reasons and more. Near the end, events get a little convoluted, and it's probably worth an additional viewing or two, but that's not necessarily a negative. And come on...who doesn't love Marion Cotillard? I'm amazed after watching this that it took her as long as it did to win an Academy Award.

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