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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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Arthur Martin
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Mohamed Benhmamoud
Carole Franck ...
Cécile Delivet Benmahmoud
Jacques Boudet ...
Lucien Martin
Michèle Moretti ...
Annette Martin
Zakariya Gouram ...
Hassan Hassini
Julia Vaidis-Bogard ...
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Arthur Martin adolescent
Camille Gigot ...
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Laura Genovino ...
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Rose Marit ...
Annette enfant
Youari Kime ...
Mohamed Benmahmoud enfant
Yann Goven ...
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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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$4,600,000 (estimated)

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

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$513,836 (USA) (18 November 2011)
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Full of sprightly French fun!
1 June 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I must have watched a French comedy and put the titles of all the films previewed on my Netflix list, because they keep coming. Bienvenue! This 2010 film from France is the latest—a pleasant farce directed by Michel Leclerc and written by him and Baya Kasmi. It won three César Awards in 2011, including for best writing. The story is about a young woman who uses sex as a weapon to persuade conservative politicians—men whom she considers "right-wing" in general—to embrace more liberal attitudes. From this comes some satirical moments, too, touching on the impermanence of supposed firmly held beliefs and the pitfalls of stereotyping ethnic and religious groups based simply on how they look or what their names are. Half-Algerian, the young woman's name is Baya Benmahmoud,and she says, "no one in France has that name." But she tackles one person too many when she confronts Arthur Martin—"15,207 people in France have the same name," he tells us—a middle-aged scientist who does necropsies on dead birds, in order to detect possible human illnesses. Why are you scaring people? she demands to know at their first confrontational meeting. The free spirit and the buttoned-up scientist are, of course, destined to fall for each other. The filmmakers show us how the two protagonists do not escape their childhoods, and we see them as children, as children commenting on their adult selves, and the fireworks when their polar opposite families, alas, meet. In his New York Times review, Stephen Holden says the movie "has the tone and structure of early-to-middle Woody Allen,but infused with a dose of Gallic identity politics." Sara Forestier is charming as the irrepressible extrovert Baya (she also snagged a César), and Jacques Gamblin is a persuasive match. A fun movie when you just want to be happily entertained (note: nudity)


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