Fifth about The Seventh

Love Me If You Dare (Jeux d’Enfants)

Love Me If You Dare: the protagonists of Yann Samuell’s fantasy-like romance don’t take anything seriously, other than the preposterous dare game they play with each other since childhood. That being the case, it’s hard to take them seriously, particularly as those pranks can be far from harmless and pay no attention to whom they may hurt. Not even the charm of the two main performers, Marion Cotillard and Guillaume Canet, both very effective in their roles, helps. Their 8-year-old counterparts, Joséphine Lebas-Joly and Thibault Verhaeghe, are both lovely. The film leans heavily into dream-like aesthetics, as cinematographer Antoine Roch and the special effects team give it bright colors that dominate the well-made production design (by Jean-Michel Simonet), which, alongside Julie Mauduech’s costume design, travels through a few decades. The film probably has the record of the most versions of “La Vie en Rose” ever used, but that at least is justified.

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