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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Arthur Martin
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


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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

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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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Michel Leclerc said he was inspired by the films of Woody Allen, particularly Annie Hall (1977) and Radio Days (1987). See more »


When Baya first meets Arthur and is yelling at him to shut up about the duck, in close up her shirt is fallen off her left shoulder. The camera breaks to a wider shot and her shirt is off the right shoulder. See more »


References The Class (2008) See more »

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The best French movie in years and one of the best ever
19 April 2011 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

I watched the film (dubbed into German) yesterday in Berlin and this is by far the most beautiful movie, I've seen in decades! An excellent cast, an outstanding script, breathtaking photography and direction and great music makes watching 'Le nom des gens' a lifetime experience!! You can cry, you can laugh, you can think about your own family's past and you can remember a lot of the things that happened in the film from your own life!! Once again did the French prove, that they are the only filmmakers out there, who have the sense for that 'certain something'! When the credits appear, you feel like you have to watch the film over and over again.

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