Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Cap Ou Pas Cap?

We all have this common notion of what true love is. We always think that true love will always have the happiest endings, an impeccable and lifelong relationship with each other and most of all, a blissful family. But the true definition of love is the otherwise as it comes with lots of sacrifices.

We have Sophie, a 7 year-old girl who is a favorite toy of bullies and Julien, also a 7-year old mischievous but sensitive boy who loves to do nasty things. The two of them both attend the same elementary school. At first, Sophie was a bit shy, but eventually they got comfortable with each other. At a tender of age of 7, they start a game of eagerness, which will last for a life-time.

There are different scenes, both real and surreal that portray different challenges as they grow older. Sophie wasn’t really sure if Julien is seriously in love with her. He didn’t realize that Sophie was having a maturational crisis. The way they communicate through love was really impressive, in fact the viewers might have thought that such manner of communicating might not have exist in real life due to its exaggeration. But then again, they both understand that they’re meant for each other. There are signature scenes and moments in between their reunion times with an excellent transfer of surrealism into storyboard sequences.

Despite the betrayal, they still keep their game deep into their hearts. This became crucial to understand when the social and sociological obstacles happened to put an end to their game. Whereas, they realize the meaning of love is to go after your lover no matter how hard the situation is. They put an end to their life together at the end to be able to stay loyal to their game.

It is fantasy in a sense that it lets you suspend realism for a moment, and dwell on the things we take for granted many times- laughter, romance, and childlike innocence.

About the movie: 

As adults, best friends Julien and Sophie continue the odd game they started as children — a fearless competition to outdo one another with daring and outrageous stunts. While they often act out to relieve one another’s pain, their game might be a way to avoid the fact that they are truly meant for one another. 

Release Date: 10/19/2004 Directed by: Yann SamuellStarring: Guillaume Canet, Marion CotillardWritten by: Yann Samuell

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