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

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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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The role of Bahia was initially written as a typically Arabic Marilyn Monroe type, and as such Michel Leclerc and Baya Kasmi were looking for an actress of North African origins. However they were so struck when they met Sara Forestier that they rewrote the part with her in mind. See more »

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Fascism
14 September 2013 | by (Belgium) – See all my reviews

I don't judge, but forcing ideas through art is nauseating as happens too often with politically correct influencers

What this movie does in excess:

Promotes interracial relationships; Pointless nudity: the leading actress has little dignity; It's way too hyperactive; Pretentious ; Pushes political ideas in you face; Supposes leftwingers are what's good, right wingers are naturally bad

What this movie does well: It is ultimately a well acted picture with some very charismatic lead characters. There's lots of chemistry between the two of them and they manage to make you laugh in a charming but understated way.

Ultimately it uses the power of art as a way of mass manipulation, which was at the core of the fascist practice. That aside, if you choose not to bother with these views it's a good comedy.

The cathartic, somewhat nuancing, last third of the film made me raise its score by 1.


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