The Names of Love (2010)
"Le nom des gens" (original title)

R  |   |  Comedy  |  24 November 2010 (France)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Arthur Martin
Mohamed Benhmamoud
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 ...


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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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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Box Office


$4,600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$513,836 (USA) (18 November 2011)

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An actress initially cast in Bahia's part had demanded that the nude scene be removed. When Sara Forestier took over the part, she asked for the scene to be put back in, feeling it was a key scene for the character. See more »


When the parents marry in 1959, we can see a 2CV with a 5 lines hood. That type of hood was introduced in December 1960. From 1948 to 1960, the 2CV hood was wavy. See more »


References The Class (2008) 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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