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. (IMDb)
This French movie has a fascinating concept and it’s one of Marion Cotillard’s earlier roles. Those are the two big things it’s got going for it along with some cool stuff happening visually, and a really natural chemistry between the two leads, Cotillard and Guillaume Canet. (Who ended up dating a few years later and are still together I might add). But for some reason, this movie just kind of rubbed me the wrong way. It mostly was because of the rules of their game. They just kept doing these awful things to each other and then they started dragging other people into it unwillingly. It’s like the two characters were meant for each other because they weren’t good people. I don’t know. I would be interested to hear other people’s thoughts on this one.