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The Names of Love (English Subtitled) 2010 R CC

(45) IMDb 7.2/10
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Baya Benmahmoud, a young, extroverted liberal, lives by the old hippie slogan: "Make love, not war" to convert right-wing men to her left-wing political causes by sleeping with them. She seduces many and so far has received exceptional results - until she meets Arthur Martin, a Jewish middle aged, middle-of-the road scientist. Bound by common tragic family histories (the Algerian War and Holocaust under Vichy), the duo improbably falls in love. Amid the bubbly amour, humorous lasciviousness and moments of sheer madness, filmmaker Michel Leclerc injects satirical riffs on such hot-button sociopolitical issues as Arab-Jewish relations, anti-Semitism, immigration, and racial and cultural identity.

Starring:
Jacques Gamblin, Sara Forestier
Runtime:
1 hour, 44 minutes

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Product Details

Genres International, Comedy
Director Michel Leclerc
Starring Jacques Gamblin, Sara Forestier
Supporting actors Zinedine Soualem, Carole Franck, Jacques Boudet, Michèle Moretti, Zakariya Gouram, Julia Vaidis-Bogard, Adrien Stoclet, Camille Gigot, Laura Genovino, Rose Marit, Youari Kime, Yann Goven, Nabil Massad, Cyrille Andrieu-Lacu, Cristina Palma De Figueiredo, Camille Chalons, Joséphine Ropion, Lydie Muller
Studio Music Box Films
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 3-day viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Gerard D. Launay on October 19, 2011
Format: DVD
The French enjoy pairing two incompatible individuals for laughs - and this frothy comedy fits the bill. If there is anything special, it is the charming, over the top performance of Sara Forestier as a (very) sexy, Arab wild child who likes sleeping with conservative men so that she can change their opinions to liberal ones. One of her conquests is a tight older Jewish man whose job is to medically study dead birds. The idea that she is an Arab and he is Jew delights her.

The movie explores the nature of identity and the meaning of names...of course. It also touches upon liberal and conventional politics, racial bias, genocide, child sexual molestation...but only in a superficial way. The movie is much too uneven. Truly interesting issues are tossed into a salad of the absurd. When the movie works it is because of the actress in the lead role. Yes, Sara Forestier won France's Cesar award for best actress...she is fun to watch. She embodies vitality. But seriously, folks, this is a romantic fantasy!

Obviously, the man falls in love and then...

If you want a truly clever comedy that delves into Arab/Jewish prejudices - and a funnier one at that - try the Spanish "Only Human" about the visit of a Palestinian intellectual to his prospective in laws - a truly zany Jewish family. Or...if you want a more believable comedy about an older man falling for a younger woman, then I recommend "Girl in the Cafe."
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By TSN on October 3, 2011
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On the outside, funny and sweet; on the inside a ten-course meal for thought. A tremendously courageous, gracefully crafted, unforgettably beautiful film.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jay B. Lane TOP 1000 REVIEWER on February 6, 2012
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"Le nom des gens," a delightful award-winning French comedy (English captions) is available from Amazon.com. It features a young extrovert whose life's mission is to convert conservative men to her left-wing point of view. She does this by seducing them, feeling that they are most open to new beliefs during intimacy.

This film is laugh-out-loud funny in many ways and more sweetly subtle in others. One example is during a voiceover when our hero describes his parents. We notice right away that the man who represents his father is far, far older than his mother. Then he explains that he could never picture his father as a young man, so that character always stays the same age.

We see:

*Jacques Gamblin ("The First Man") as Arthur Martin, which evidently is the same name as a kitchen appliance. Any time his name comes up, he has to explain that he is not that Arthur Martin. He may be conservative, but he is bewitched by this hedonistic beauty who sails into his life and leaves him tattered in her wake. Gamblin was nominated for a Best Actor award at the 2010 Césars, the French Academy Awards.
*Sara Forestier ("Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life") is Baya Benmahmoud, dedicated to righting the wrongs in this world by seducing "fascists." Problem is, by her definition, pretty much every man she meets is a fascist. Forestier won Best Actress at the 2010 Césars.

We meet HIS parents, conservative (and closeted) Jews; HER parents (Mom is a hippie and Dad is an Algerian handyman); plus younger versions of our two lovers. Her younger self had piano lessons but the teacher neglected to teach her any music, he was far more interested in HER; he left town when her parents found out.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Rodger Rosenberg on September 1, 2011
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I saw this film at the SF Jewish Film Festival and I have to say it was one of the best films I have seen in a very long time. The story is as unique as the charactors. I found myself really falling in love the the story and even cried a few times. It's a must see for anyone who likes a good romantic comedy which is not a 'chick flick'.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Wzpwitdat on July 23, 2012
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this movie was so entertaining, so surprising, so deep, so random and pushed the limit so many times. it really rang a bell on many levels--for happiness, sadness, and understanding. very creative---great picture, great music, charming acting.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Katale on June 4, 2012
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Usually I love to (try) fall asleep while french films play in the background, but this particular films story was so compelling and sweet yet bizarre at the same time I decided to stay awake. The characters are quirky and their flaws are loveable. I don't know really how to say it, but I think this is a film worth not falling asleep to.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Eve on August 29, 2012
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This movie, the music, camera angles, storyline, acting was all superb. As zany as parts of it were it was so believable and real. It cut through the prejudices so beautifully. Loved the distinction between being part of a culture and religious choices. Well done, humor and tenderness. Love all the way through.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ericawriter on February 3, 2013
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This beautiful movie has lots of unexpected twists and turns and features sympathetically drawn characters who seem like real people. To good effect, the filmmaker has chosen to shift film types and use innovative devices to unobtrusively blend time and space. Above all, the movie tells a great story in the grand French tradition.
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