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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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Michel Leclerc
3 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jacques Gamblin ... Arthur Martin
Sara Forestier ... Bahia Benmahmoud
Zinedine Soualem ... Mohamed Benmahmoud
Carole Franck Carole Franck ... Cécile Delivet Benmahmoud
Jacques Boudet Jacques Boudet ... Lucien Martin
Michèle Moretti Michèle Moretti ... Annette Martin
Zakariya Gouram Zakariya Gouram ... Hassan Hassini
Julia Vaidis-Bogard Julia Vaidis-Bogard ... Annette à 30 ans
Adrien Stoclet Adrien Stoclet ... Arthur Martin adolescent
Camille Gigot Camille Gigot ... Arthur Martin enfant
Laura Genovino Laura Genovino ... Bahia Benmahmoud enfant
Rose Marit Rose Marit ... Annette enfant
Youari Kime Youari Kime ... Mohamed Benmahmoud enfant
Yann Goven Yann Goven ... Le pianiste
Nabil Massad Nabil Massad ... Nassim
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Storyline

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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Genres:

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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Country:

France

Language:

French | English | Greek | Arabic

Release Date:

24 November 2010 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Names of Love See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$30,372, 26 June 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$512,668, 20 November 2011
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Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Sara Forestier suggested the casting of Carole Franck to Michel Leclerc, having thoroughly enjoyed working with her on L'esquive (2003). See more »

Goofs

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 »

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References Pour la peau d'un flic (1981) See more »

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Joyous and Intelligent,, One of the Top 5 Films of the Year
21 July 2011 | by dbairdkSee 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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