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Dark French Fable to Screen
Feb. 14-17 at UW-Eau Claire

RELEASED: Feb. 1, 2008

Love Me If You Dare posterEAU CLAIRE — "Love Me If You Dare" (France-Belgium 2003) will screen Feb. 14-17 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Yann Samuell's film about love, games and the search for a never-ending childhood will be presented at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday in Davies Theatre.

When Julien (Guillaume Canet) and Sophie (Marion Cotillard, "La Vie en Rose") meet as children, they become friends for life. Each time they meet they exchange a toy and, with it, a dare that the other must perform to get it back. As time passes the pranks they force each other to play become a little bigger and a little more dangerous. When they reach adulthood they must choose between the game and their careers, between the game and their spouses-to-be and between the game and the conventions of everyday life.

"Much of the style strains too hard to be cute, but true romantics may shed copious tears of sympathy and empathy," wrote the Christian Science Monitor.

"Samuell's twisted fairy tale, which he co-scripted with Jacky Cukier, shouldn't be viewed as straight drama or comedy," wrote the Chicago Tribune. "It's a pitch-black, Grimm Brothers-style fable that enchants, frustrates and ultimately dares you to love it. Even if you don't, you'll be riveted."

In French with English subtitles, the 98-minute film is rated R.

Admission is $2 for International Film Society members and UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff and $1 for UW-Eau Claire students. Tickets are available at the Service Center (715-836-3727) in Davies Center's east lobby and will be sold at the door.

The film is sponsored by the University Activities Commission of the Student Senate.

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