Cannes Hidden Gem: ‘Treat Me Like Fire’ Portrays Dark Side of Paris Casinos Rhonda Richford, The Hollywood Reporter · May 14, 2018 at 12:01 am Writer-director Marie Monge brings a tale of bad choices to the screen in Treat Me Like Fire — her first feature since being nominated for a Cesar for her short Marseille by Night in 2012 — which premieres Friday in Directors’ Fortnight. A story of love, addiction and addiction to love, the film has a different title in French, the fairly innocuous Joueurs, meaning “players,” which can have a double meaning. But while Monge chose both titles, she says Fire, which suggests the desperation and kinetic energy in the movie, “is more accurate about what the film is” — a story of two young lovers who gamble with their lives and are deeply burned. Monge was inspired by gamblers she herself met when, at 22, she hung out in Paris casinos, most of which were shut down by the government in 2013. “It is burned in my memories, and that’s what I wanted to work with,” she says of the first visit to one of those clubs.