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  • Summary: Baya Benmahmoud, a young, extroverted liberal lives by the old hippie slogan: “Make love, not war” to convert right-wing men to her lefty political causes by sleeping with them. She seduces many and so far has received exceptional results until she meets Arthur Martin, a middle aged,Baya Benmahmoud, a young, extroverted liberal lives by the old hippie slogan: “Make love, not war” to convert right-wing men to her lefty political causes by sleeping with them. She seduces many and so far has received exceptional results until she meets Arthur Martin, a middle aged, middle-of-the road scientist. While Arthur appears to be a likely candidate for her unique political strategy, his unwillingness to fall for her game only encourages Baya to pursue him with surprisingly sexy consequences. (Music Box Films) Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 19
  2. Negative: 2 out of 19
  1. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Jul 28, 2011
    100
    Forestier's performance is a tour de force of comic acting, maintaining astonishing alertness and energy from shot to shot and scene to scene.
  2. Reviewed by: Kimberley Jones
    Oct 19, 2011
    78
    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 – all that razzmatazz of missed connections and dunderheaded misunderstandings.
  3. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Aug 18, 2011
    75
    Leclerc and company manage to raise serious points and deliver intelligent laughs at the same time, which is no small feat.
  4. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Jun 23, 2011
    70
    For all the potentially dangerous subjects it glosses, above all the tangled legacies of the Holocaust and the Algerian war, The Names of Love dances away from any uncomfortable provocation. Even when sticking out its tongue, it is finally just an airy comedy riding on one cheeky, incandescent performance.
  5. 63
    The film is sometimes funny and occasionally smart yet never quite what it wants to be – funny and smart at the same time.
  6. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Jun 26, 2011
    58
    Too much of The Names of Love is a joke book posing as a movie.
  7. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Jun 24, 2011
    20
    Director Michel Leclerc's comedy plays like one of those foreign-movie spoofs Jerry and the gang would go to see on a "Seinfeld" episode. Only here, there's no "young girl's journey from Milan to Minsk" - just from madcap to moronic.

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  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Jun 23, 2012
    9
    There are countless ways love manifests itself and this movie brings one such variation to the audience in a most charming manner. The twoThere are countless ways love manifests itself and this movie brings one such variation to the audience in a most charming manner. The two main characters, Arthur Martin and Baya Benmahmoud, played oh so well by Jacques Gamblin and Sara Forestier, could not be more opposites, yet they will be attracted to each other because it simply was meant to be, as nature follows a path for the best. Indeed, Arthur is a conservative, clinical, repressed individual whose life was shaped by his upbringing; Sara is a volatile emotional, leftist whose life was equally shaped by her upbringing. Their parents lives are culturally polar (Jewish and Muslim) but share similar struggle and so Arthur and Sara find that to be their common bond, in addition to their most satisfying sexual relationship. I just wanted to take a bite out of Sara, but in a very good way; I found Arthur very sympathetic.

    There was a passage in the film that sort of explained the scientific expression 'hybrid vigor'; I found this to be particularly fascinating and of course, I subscribe to it wholeheartedly. Sara liberates Arthur from his repression and he provides her with the real affection she was always deserving of; a romantic comedy movie could hardly do better.

    Too often, comedy is mistaken for hilarious premise or funny storytelling; comedy is roughly defined though, as a drama with light and amusing characters, typically with a happy ending and we tend to forget this. It's one reason so many movies are categorized as romantic comedies. I rather like the genre and believe it lends itself to a more fulfilling experience than action movies or thrillers which tend to be judge more rigorously. Don't get me wrong I need my fix of those as well. If you like foreign (non Hollywood) films, you should love this one; if on the other hand you haven't yet realized such a variety enriches you movie-going experience, try. I recommend this movie in either case.
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  2. Aug 25, 2011
    7
    You will never change your political opponentsâ

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