Jeux d’enfants 2003
14 | 1h 33min | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 29 August 2003 (USA)
Julien Janvier lost his mother young, drifted apart from his working class father and ever closer to confident Sophie Kowalsky, the Polish class outsider. Their dares game, symbolized by an interchanged music-box, grows ever bolder, regardless of harm to others and each-other. In his college years, it even suspends their relationship and toys with their marriages, but they are drawn back to each-other irresistibly.
It’s funny how when it comes to french movies, french people are just so harsh (i’m refering to previous comments about this movie and others)!
This one starts really (i mean really) good and, it’s true, goes through worse scenes … but the end … well I loved it! It sure can be accused to mimic american movies (just listen to the music and the “passing-above” camera moves) but shortly after it really turns … well … “french”. But it’s not a bad thing in my opinion. Talking about the characters, You just can’t help thinking “what’s with them ?”, why are they acting like they do ? I like to think it’s because of a tradition in french cinema. Characters have to be twisted and torn apart because of their deep feelings.
In the sequence of events, it can be perceived as seemingly weird … and I have no answer to that … Yet I appreciated it quite much and I’m looking forward to watching the next Samuell’s piece. I rated it 9 out of 10. And i can only tell: watch it!
Director: Yann Samuell
Writer: Yann Samuell
Stars: Guillaume Canet, Marion Cotillard, Thibault Verhaeghe