The Names of Love

The Names of Love  {Le Nom des Gens}
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The Names of Love
Le Nom des Gens
France, 2010, 102 Minute Running Time
North American Premiere
Topics: Comedy, Jewish Interest, Political, Romantic Comedy
Program: World Cinema Now
Language: French English Sub-Titles

Rising French star Sara Forestier pulls off a comedic tour-de-force in Michel Leclerc’s witty and politically pointed romp of a romantic-comedy. She plays Baya, an attractive and promiscuous young leftist of mixed Algerian-French descent who seduces right-wingers in order to convert them to her politics (only in France!). However, her magic fails to work on the conservative Arthur (the always-great Jacques Gamblin), a middle-aged bird-flu expert she meets while jousting with him on a radio show.

The son of a French father and a Jewish mother, Arthur is, like Baya, an “outsider” in the increasingly intolerant France of Nicolas Sarkozy. The stage is set for a quirky romance in which Leclerc and his co-screenwriter Baya Kasmi keep the barbed political one-liners and gags flowing (it comes as no surprise to learn that the jokes are not the kind that President Sarkozy would appreciate). Forestier and Gamblin are perfect foils—they play off each other like only consummate actors can, and the effect is both hugely enjoyable and spiked with intelligence to spare.

DIRECTOR: Michel Leclerc
Producer: Antoine Rein, Fabrice Goldstein, Caroline Adrian
Editor: Nathalie Hubert
Screenwriter: Baya Kasmi, Michel Leclerc
Cinematographer: Vincent Mathias - AFC
Music: Jérôme Bensoussan - David Euverte
Principal Cast: Jacques Gamblin, Sara Forestier, Zinedine Soualem, Carole Franck, Jacques Boudet, Michèle Moretti, Yann Goven
Filmography: Debut Feature
Print Source: Music Box Films -

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