June 21, 2011 at 04:00 AM EDT

The Names of Love

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
102 minutes
Limited Release Date
06/24/11
performer
Sara Forestier
distributor
Music Box Films
genre
Comedy
We gave it a B+

For those who wish to decode The Names of Love, there’s a sharp commentary on French prejudices, character types, history, and culture embedded in Michel Leclerc’s droll autobiographical French comedy. But the surface story works just fine too: A free-spirited, left-wing, seductive young Frenchwoman, daughter of an Algerian immigrant, meets an uptight, square, middle-aged Frenchman whose Jewish mother survived the Holocaust. Opposites ignite, emphasized by Leclerc’s playful use of contradictions, including deadpan performances juxtaposed with glam cinematography. B+

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