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The Names of Love (2010)

Le nom des gens (original title)
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A young, extroverted left-wing activist who sleeps with her political opponents to convert them to her cause is successful until she meets her match.

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Arthur Martin
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Mohamed Benmahmoud
Carole Franck ...
Cécile Delivet Benmahmoud
Jacques Boudet ...
Lucien Martin
Michèle Moretti ...
Annette Martin
Zakariya Gouram ...
Hassan Hassini
Julia Vaidis-Bogard ...
Annette à 30 ans
Adrien Stoclet ...
Arthur Martin adolescent
Camille Gigot ...
Arthur Martin enfant
Laura Genovino ...
Bahia Benmahmoud enfant
Rose Marit ...
Annette enfant
Youari Kime ...
Mohamed Benmahmoud enfant
Yann Goven ...
Le pianiste
Nabil Massad ...
Nassim
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Bahia Benmahmoud, a free-spirited young woman, has a particular way of seeing political engagement, as she doesn't hesitate to sleep with those who don't agree with her to convert them to her cause - which is a lot of people, as all right-leaning people are concerned. Generally, it works pretty well. Until the day she meets Arthur Martin, a discreet forty-something who doesn't like taking risks. She imagines that with a name like that, he's got to be slightly fascist. But names are deceitful and appearances deceiving... Written by Happy_Evil_Dude

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for sexual content including graphic nudity, and some language | See all certifications »

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24 November 2010 (France)  »

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$4,600,000 (estimated)

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$30,372 (USA) (24 June 2011)

Gross:

$513,836 (USA) (18 November 2011)
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Co-writer Baya Kasmi co-directed the film's making-of. See more »

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When Baya's mother is characterized by her likes and dislikes, she can be seen as a hippie in the 70s, and it is mentioned that she hates films of the 70s starring Alain Delon with the word "flic" (cop) in them. Then a poster of the film Pour la peau d'un flic is briefly shown. Yet, that film only opened in 1981. See more »

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Joyous and Intelligent,, One of the Top 5 Films of the Year
21 July 2011 | by (Chicago, IL) – See all my reviews

The Names of Love is one of the most joyous and intelligent comedies I've seen in many years. It's playful, romantic, political, sexy, and filled with delicious performances! Sara Forestier is an absolute delight as Baya Benmahmoud, who takes the slogan "make love, not war" quite literally. She uses her intelligence and beauty to seduce bigots around her and entice them to change their ways. Jacques Gamblin is perfect as the much quieter Arthur Martin, who crosses paths with Raya and has never met anyone like her. The romance that ensues is hilarious and touching. The parents of both characters are also unforgettable characters. Poor Arthur's parents, for example, are always investing in the wrong technology: the Betamax instead of VHS, the laserdisc, a TV remote control with an extender that reaches across the room to change the channel....Rich, creative, playful in ways that remind us of the true joys possible in film!


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