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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 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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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 »

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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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

While writing the script, Michel Leclerc and Baya Kasmi didn't have a full story, but rather sixty pages of situations stemming from the idea of a girl who sleeps with her political opponents. See more »

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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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whoring against fascism
18 October 2015 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Arthur Martin (Jacques Gamblin) is a reserved member of the Office of Epizootic Diseases. He has an interview on the radio. Left-wing opinionated Baya Benmahmoud (Sara Forestier) is taking calls for the station. She bursts in on the interview to complain. Martin's Jewish mother hid from the Nazis and changed her name. She was glad to marry Arthur's French father and take his name. Arthur isn't too happy with his name either which is the name of a popular cooker. Baya's father is Algerian. His family members were killed by the military. Baya's mother is a hippie from an upper class French family. She was happy to lose her name and gain an Arab name. Arthur's family represses their haunted history while Baya's family is boisterous and political. She was sexually molested by a neighbor as a child and is very sexually liberated as an adult. On the other hand, he's very repressed. She uses sex to convert 'fascists' to her politics. Despite being a socialist, he catches her eye and they become an odd pairing as she continues to try to convert 'fascists' from all sides.

Normally, I have difficulties with French comedies. It may be the cultural barrier or it may simply be reading the subtitles. There is something distancing about having to read a joke rather than have it performed. Sara Forestier is able to break through with her expressiveness. She is enchanting, sexy and magnetic. Jacques Gamblin also has a great deal of charm. His expressions are the perfect foil for her. They work brilliantly together. There are real big laughs in this and that is rare for me with foreign language verbal jokes. Physical humor is without borders but written jokes have a harder time crossing those borders. It's also a great romance. His support for her father is pure romanticism. This is a great unconventional rom-com.


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