Love Me If You Dare (2003), Yann Samuell

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This is going to be a short one. This romance starts off in Belgium.  It revolves around two children , Sophie and Julien. Sophie is being bullied and Julien is one of the few who steps in to stop it, and to help her clean up her books. To make her feel better, he lends her his prized possession of  a tin box.

Sophie doesn’t believe this is some special item. To prove it, he does this ridiculous act of pulling the handbrake on the school bus and watching a bus full of school children role down the hill. From that moment on, the tin box was awarded to whoever completed a dare.

Now the years go on, they start growing up and this game is still going strong. As young adults, there is that sense of romantic tension between the two of them. the dares would become more intense, ignoring the punishment of whatever were to follow.

But like I said, they’re going up. They never seem to be on the same page emotionally and they both end up seeing different people. Both get married and they agree on a pact to ignore each other for ten years.  That’s more or less how it ends. I mean, there’s more (the film actually gives two potential endings). But blah-

If you couldn’t tell, I didn’t particularly enjoy this film. I had a hard time connecting with the characters and it was a shame, because I really enjoyed the potential the story. I mean, you could argue a theme in the movie would be that love is a deep connection that united the two people regardless of how they were living for the current moment, but again, it was just the characters/actors who had a hard time making sure it all fit. Don’t get me wrong, watch this movie with your date tonight and you’ll probably walk away more or less happy. It’s cute. But this isn’t anything over the top.

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