Love Me If You Dare is a visually inventive and darkly comic romantic fantasy where two childhood friends take their game of dare to the extreme... Sophie and Julien escape their troubles by setting each other a series of outlandish challenges. At first their dares are innocent, but as the two grow up and fall in love, they start to hide their true feelings behind a competition of ever more dangerous one-upmanship. Fantasy and reality soon get blurred round the edges as Sophie and Julien get swept along a mad, destructive and passionate journey.
Although there is some clever filming, overall I found this depressing. Two people pursue ever more incredible dares, destroying each other and those around them. The director mixes reality and imagination sometimes without any real clue asto which is which, to the point that the viewer can become completely confused. Sadly the message seems to be that there is no real meaning to life, apart from selfishness and thrills.
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They both need a slap!
- Love Me If You Dare review by Kurtz
My fellow reviewer is absolutely right- despite the visual appeal of this movie in which the style of fellow-countrymen Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Michel Gondry is heavily referenced, and the convincing portrayal of the trials of childhood love, when they reach adulthood you expect them to , well, you know...grow up, but no such luck- the restaurant "proposal" scene has to plumb new depths of psychological nastiness,and the viewer ends up completely alienated by their mutual petulance and cruelty.