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The Names of Love

R Released Jul 15, 2011 1h 44m Comedy List
73% Tomatometer 52 Reviews 78% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings
A sheltered scientist (Jacques Gamblin) and a sexy political activist (Sara Forestier) have a May-December romance. Read More Read Less
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Roger Moore Tribune News Service An edgy French twist on the old Hollywood "meet cute" romance. Rated: 3/4 Jan 6, 2013 Full Review Kimberley Jones Austin Chronicle What is so surprising -- even exhilarating -- about The Names of Love is that it shucks off the desultory roadblocks that engine the modern romantic comedy. Rated: 3.5/5 Oct 21, 2011 Full Review Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel There's a taste of "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," "Something Wild" "Forces of Nature" and even "Bringing Up Baby," perhaps the best of the wild child-seduces-straight arrow romances. Rated: 3/4 Oct 4, 2011 Full Review Mattie Lucas From the Front Row Every bit as anonymous and lost as its cartoonish, cookie cutter characters, who whittle down the cultural complexities of a diverse France into a stale and toothless romantic comedy. Rated: 2/4 Aug 6, 2019 Full Review Kelly Jane Torrance Washington Examiner A film with such a clever premise could easily slide from satire to silliness. But "The Names of Love is fun without being too farcical. Rated: 3.5/5 Jan 8, 2019 Full Review Sean Burns Philadelphia Weekly Inspires a strange fascination, thanks mostly to an sometimes awe-inspiring indifference to matters of propriety or good taste. May 3, 2015 Full Review Read all reviews

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Weston T Despite name, actually really fucking good. Note the nice child friendly grocery store sequence. Also dead geese. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 04/14/23 Full Review Audience Member -Spoiler- Movie shows the fact of being abused , how affective that would be on feelings and how that would effect people's life. My favourite quote of movie is ; In junior high, I won't go out with boys as I'm scared they'll gind out I have a problem with sex. In high school I sleep around as I'm scared they'll find out I have a problem with sex. So my future career I have 2 choices; pedophile or whore. I'll choose whooring. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/12/23 Full Review Audience Member Voilà une comédie romantique fraîche et intelligente et c'est vrai que la petite Sara Forestier y est pour beaucoup. Je sais, c'est une Sara mais y'a pas de H. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/14/23 Full Review Audience Member The Names of Love is a unique a romantic comedy unlike any other. It starts off rather slow, with the two main leads narrating their childhood in documentary fashion. Its going for a Amelie vibe, but this back story is kind of boring but absolutely necessary when it comes to the story later. Opposites attract when two distinct personalities collide. Baya Benmahmoud is a liberal free-love spirit, while Arthur Martin is a straight laced scientists from a strict puritanical family. They hit it off, despite them being the exact opposite in terms of politics. Also hiding in plain sight is their tumultuous back stories, which also provides conflict. There are plenty of sure fire laughs spread throughout, with plenty of charm. Its the two leads who really shine, as they feel like real characters with their extreme differences, and a pure sense of on-screen chemistry. The Name of Love is a very well done romantic comedy, in the tradition of Amelie or screwball comedies of the 40's. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/05/23 Full Review Audience Member finally something fresh. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/14/23 Full Review Audience Member "Les bâtards sont l'avenir de l'humanité!" Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/24/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Movie Info

Synopsis A sheltered scientist (Jacques Gamblin) and a sexy political activist (Sara Forestier) have a May-December romance.
Michel Leclerc
Caroline Adrian, Antoine Rein, Fabrice Goldstein
Baya Kasmi, Michel Leclerc
Music Box Films
Production Co
Delante Films, TF1 Droits Audiovisuels, Karé Productions
R (Some Language|Sexual Content|Graphic Nudity)
Original Language
French (France)
Release Date (Theaters)
Jul 15, 2011, Limited
Release Date (Streaming)
Feb 6, 2013
Box Office (Gross USA)
1h 44m
Aspect Ratio
Flat (1.85:1)
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