The Names of Love
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Baya (Sara Forestier) is a young, extroverted liberal who lives by the old hippie slogan “Make love, not war.” She seduces right-wing men to convert them to her political causes - and so far she's gotten exceptional results. That is, until she meets Arthur (Jacques Gamblin), a middle-aged, middle-of-the road scientist, and the sparks fly. A smart, sexy romantic comedy, THE NAMES OF LOVE is also "a sharp commentary on French prejudices, character types, history and culture" (Entertainment Weekly).
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 51
- Fresh: 38
- Rotten: 13
- Average Rating: 6.8/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: So many actresses are asked to be adorable even in their characters' most exasperating moments, but few pull it off as well as Forestier.
Fresh: In its joyful and high-spirited fashion "The Names of Love" suggests that we must learn from the past but live for the future, and that definitely doesn't just apply to French people.
Fresh: Leclerc pays such lavish homage, in the construction of his film, to golden-age Allen; the moments at which a bewildered Arthur consults his teen-age self could have come straight out of "Annie Hall."
Rotten: From madcap to moronic.
With the critic Anthony Lane…the movie was excellent..bits and pieces of Woody Allen'esque humor combined with the Lovely French wit, and a story that was classic and compelling.
not a comedy
this is not a comedy in the classic sense- this is a thought provoking and poignant film with humorous episodes that deals
wtih the aftermath of serious familial legacies, namely the holocaust, colonialism, and child abuse. if you are looking for a funny french film i suggest heartbreakers or the classic "the dinner game". having said that, this is one of my favorite films for its portrayal of how a couple grows and bonds and triumphs in making their own life together. i give it two thumbs up!