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Love Street (2002)
"Rue des plaisirs" (original title)

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A handyman in a 1940s Paris brothel tries to help the prostitute he loves with her singing career and romantic life.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Patrick Timsit ...
Petit Louis
Vincent Elbaz ...
Dimitri Josco
Isabelle Spade ...
Bérangère Allaux ...
Patrick Floersheim ...
Le Roumain
Manuel Bonnet ...
Homme Roumain 1
Pascal Parmentier ...
Homme Roumain 2
Dolorès (as Dolorès Chaplin)
Carole Esther ...
Carol (as Carol Esther)
Florence Geanty ...
Isabelle Le Nouvel ...
Sophie Le Tellier ...
Céline Samie ...


Having stayed on as a wartime handyman in Le Palais Oriental after being born there, Petit Louis has become immune to the charms of the working girls. Then Marion arrives and he is completely smitten. Feeling he is not the sort of romantic figure she deserves, he encourages a relationship between her and shadowy Dimitri Josco while also fostering her singing talent. As the war ends and the authorities close down all bordellos a strange triangular relationship develops, complicated by Dimitri's black market past. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Watashi, koishiteru no [Japan]


Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

13 February 2002 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Love Street  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$634,923 (France) (15 February 2002)


$634,923 (France) (15 February 2002)

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2.35 : 1
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The nature of true love !
10 December 2002 | by See all my reviews

Au contraire to popular (printed or otherwise expressed) beliefs regarding this great movie, I am forced to express that this story is one of the best if it is not completely safe to say 'the best' and most touching love story ever!

It is my belief that there are certain people that have a certain sweetness/innocence to their figure so that when/if set to the task of stating/showing the true nature of pure love they can do it in the most powerful way. This is exactly what happens in this film in my opinion.

A simple man, petit Luis while surrounded by women all this childhood - meaning that the opportunity to watch the properties / associations of pretty girls was so abundant so as to get used to them - meats the figure of his dreams on one very simple day just like that. Now this could happen to anyone of us. What makes the huge difference and makes this be extraordinary is that he had the purity in heart so as to admit it to himself or else believe in it straight away. He knew of this. And he knew straight away. This is the first point that I agree to completely. When telling a tale of true love it should start like this, yes.

Point number two is that he wants his love to be happy and in this film there is a unique way of showing this property of love. Anyone truly in love want their loved one to be happy but very very rarely they find the power to submit their selves in a state at which all that matters is their loved one and they therefore would stop at nothing to ensure their happiness even if they would have to endure infinite amount of pain! Most people would think of their lives after a point / would seek happiness through a different route / or simply would stop believing in it. This is not the case when the nature of their love is most true though. This is exactly the reason why this film is one of true love. Because the subject of love never loses faith, never subdues to society; his feelings are beyond reason, beyond the point of any return and there is not one condition, one set of circumstances in this world that can intervene/change/manipulate that.

And number three point is a small artistic detail. There is this awesome, cute little song that Marion sings while waiting, it is like: "si tu veux faire mon bonheure, margueritte, margueritte ..". It shows (at least to me) the pure nature of hope. I admit there are plenty of ways to describe what hope is but this one is the most sweet that I have even seen.

Overall this film is a must! You do need to take the time to see it no matter who you are or where you come from...

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