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The Names of Love Movie Review

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Sara Forestier | MAKE LOVE, NOT WAR Sara Forestier in The Names of Love

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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