Love and gambling: Vibrant strip Treat Me Like Fire (Joueurs) comes out in "Listapad. Collection"

Love starts with the bet – this is the motto of a new French film start in "Listapad. Collection" on 30 August. Treat Me Like Fire (Joueurs) resembles a lot the iconic crime drama film Breathless (À bout de souffle) by Jean-Luc Godard. The Marie Monge’s debut may be seen in three Minsk cinemas – "Pioner" and "Falcon Club Cinema Boutique" (30 August – 12 September) and "Сentralny" (30 August – 5 September).

22317.jpgA shot from the film "Treat Me Like Fire (Joueurs)"

When Ella (Stacy Martin) meets Abel (Tahar Rahim), her life switches. In the wake of this elusive lover, the girl will discover the cosmopolitan Paris underground and circles of games, where adrenaline and money reign supreme. Their love story begins as a mere bet, but turns into a devouring passion.

Treat Me Like Fire (Joueurs) is the first feature-length motion picture directed by Marie Monge. Her short film Marseille la Nuit won a Cesar prize in 2012.

"These people are daredevils, they lie, they manipulate, they burn with every single thing they do. They will do everything to make the game go on, but they realize how far they can go. They are unique, but they are not tailored to have ordinary lives. They are destructive, even self-destructive", – that is what Marie Monge says about the film characters.

The world premiere of the film took place within the Directors' Fortnight section at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. The film was eligible for the Camera d'Or as a feature directorial debut.

Treat Me Like Fire (Joueurs) stars Stacy Martin, a breakout in scandalous Nymphomaniac of Lars von Trier, High-Rise and Redoutable, and Tahar Rahim, the star of Jacques Audiard’s Un prophète. The American critics compare their duo to those of the iconic strips – Tony Scott’s True Romance and Oliver Stone’s Natural Born Killers.

The Guardian calls the film "…a satisfying drama of doomed obsession [and] the gambler’s thrill". The American weekly Variety describes Treat Me Like Fire (Joueurs) as a film that is "light on originality but heavy on atmospherics: a sleazy, sultry, saxophone-blare echoing down a Parisian metro tunnel at night". "An elegant, breathtaking, unexpected, head-over-heels film in its spontaneity" (The Hollywood Reporter).