Hot young stars Claire Danes (LES MISERABLES, WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE'S ROMEO + JULIET) and Jude Law (COLD MOUNTAIN, THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY) heat up the screen in this passionate story about fitting in ... and falling in love... more »! Head-turning cute but painfully shy and self-conscious, Daisy (Danes) feels like a complete outsider at her stuffy New York prep school. So when she catches the eye of the coolest guy in school, Daisy is totally psyched ... but afraid that opening up too much might blow it for her. Also starring legendary Jeanne Moreau (EVER AFTER, THE SUMMER HOUSE), I LOVE YOU, I LOVE YOU NOT is the film that proves dreams worth having are definitely worth wishing for!« less
Great for teachers. Overwhelmed by past, teen looks 4 self.
Kelly Mathews | 11/07/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This would be an excellent DVD for teachers or for discussion with a young people's group, christian, Jewish or any faith about how disturbing it can be to deal with the past. In this case, Claire Danes is a young woman plagued with visions about her grandmothr's past as a holocaust survivor and how the stories her grandmother tells her parallel her own life. Not telling anyone even her grandmother of the disturbing line she is walking between feeling mad and sane because of her imagination and desire which she doesn't know how to deal with, the edgeyness of the performances continues to a worthy climax as we learn more.
Her parents are away on a vacation and have left her with her grandmother who is an accepting, loving person, who helps her accept her identity. One great scene, is when Danes, opens to her grandmother and begins to trust another human beng, by revealing what she thinks about sex. Jude Law is okay in his role, but the two women, Claire Danes and Jeanne Moreau, really stand out in this one. Sometimes I wonder if Claire was reading lots of Sylvia Plath for inspiration for at times the movie feels like an untold part of Plath's biography, a missing link, as it were, though it is not at all intended that way. Some of the scenes may not have the smoothest transition. Perhaps the director didn't quite know what was to be done with Jude Law's character, whether to make him a caring human baing or a shallow person who acts as though he has no problems of his own, but perhaps that's part of being a teenager.
It was superb, however in the parallel in the heroine's mind between her life and grandmother's. I gave it five stars for the climax when heroine faces the angel of death and the acting by two female leads. Good as a suspense/romance film, as well."
"If you like Claire Danes, you'll like this movie. She gives a very moving performance as Daisy, an adolescent who is ignored by her parents and enjoys spending time with her cool grandmother. Julia Stiles, Jude Law, and James Van Der Beek also appear. I enjoyed this film because it deals with something we all go through directly or indirectly in our lives--judging people because of what they are, not who they are. Claire's performance, as always, is magnetic and real."
To grandmother's we will go!
Cami | Southern Indiana | 02/13/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Although this movie does deal with Anti-Semitism, it apparently is not dark enough for some of its viewers. Perhaps they were looking for another "Schindler's List." This movie focuses on a teenage girl and the impact her grandmother's Holocaust stories have on her. Although the grandmother's flashbacks of Nazi Germany are tragic, no violent imagery is shown. This is a very admirable trait in a movie--the ability to illustrate a horrible event without graphic violence! There are many lovely aspects of this film. Daisy (Claire Danes) is an only child. Her parents are so in love with each other that they often unintentionally ignore their daughter. Fortunately, Daisy finds all the love she needs in the arms of her eccentric grandmother, played by Jeanne Moreau. Daisy's grandmother lives in a beautiful countryside. North Rhine Westphalia (Germany) provides the wonderful scenery for most of this picture, even though the story is supposedly set in New York. Daisy and her grandmother share wonderful weekends of card playing, reading classics, picking flowers, eating pancakes, and other cozy passtimes! From a carousel tucked away in a big city to an old bookstore in the middle of the forest, many scenes in this film have a fairytale-like quality. This movie is very charming but at the same time successfully deals with issues of love and prejudice. I would recommend this to anyone who likes "girlie" movies. Unfortuntely, this movie didn't sit too well with my boyfriend. Perhaps I shouldn't have gawked at Jude Law (the hunk from "The Talented Mr. Ripley"), who by the way is in this movie too! As usual, Claire Danes gives a stunning performance. This movie has five-star quality! Buy it today!"
Interesting in idea, but fell through slightly...
Cami | 04/03/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I liked this movie...alot, but it could have been alot better. Claire Danes, Jeanne Moreau, and Jude Law did excellent jobs. The problem wasn't in the acting, and wasn't really in the dialogue. the problem was taht at times it was hard to follow and some parts felt unresolved or unexplained. It would have been nice to see more of the relationship between Law's and Danes' characters. It also would have been nicer to have just a bit more on Law's character on his own and why he went with Danes' character. The dreams and quasi-flashbacks were also very hard to follow. Maybe if the movie had been longer and given a cleaner, but not necassarily perfect feel it would have been better. the anti-semetic letters she get and the reason for the break-up isn't very clear and if we had been able to see more than a few temporary moments of her relationship with her parents then we'd get a bigger picture of the character's problems.I'd suggest it to anyone who is a fan of Claire Danes or Jude Law. Or just a good movie."
Strong Women, trying times
A-M | Near D.C., USA | 05/09/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"How could I resist seeing what the pairing of Claire Danes and Jude Law would be like? Honestly, I would love to see them together again. Jude Law is actually not the most important character in this, the relationship that is the glue of this movie is between the Claire Danes character and her grandmother, played by Jeanne Moreau. They have a great sisterly bond, occasionaly one of them has to play the adult, but often it is just play. It was really touching to see.
Jude Law is the 'it' boy while Danes is the wallflower he is intrigued by but dissapointed to learn that no matter how charming he is, she is always going to be herself. Her intense, poetic and mysteriously sad self.
The back of the box really gave no indication of what this story was really about, which was kind of nice, I might not have picked it up, but it was compeltely missleading!
I really enjoyed this movie, and the way it interplayed Daisy's life with her grandmother's experience with being a German Jew during Hitler's reign. I wouldn't call it sad, but a very contemplative movie.
It would have been nice to see Law's character come to some sort of enlightenment, but all in all it was satisfying, because he isn't the focus. The focus is between these two strong, surviving women, and their relationship stands the test of the movie. Which I applaud completely."