Love the Hard Way (2003)
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Claire, a brilliant student, seeks answers to the meaning of life in the calm of her biology laboratory. One day, she meets a mysterious young man, Jack, at the cinema, and is intrigued by his style, assurance and audacity. Apart from his artistic activities, Jack has a regular scam going, ripping off foreign businessmen with his loyal mate Charlie and two actresses. But his tough guy exterior conceals a secret passion for old books, and he dreams of writing a novel one day. Jack falls hard for Claire's purity and curiosity. An unusual romance develops between them. But Jack is scared of their growing intimacy and rejects Claire, withdrawing into his shell. Abandoned and confused, Claire gradually begins to neglect her studies and embarks on a spiraling course of self-destruction, whilst Jack, who tries to ignore her, concentrates on his criminal activities. However, a sharp detective, named Linda Fox, is following his dodgy tracks. … More
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Critic Reviews for Love the Hard Way
Feels like it was crafted by an outsider, with the cliche-filled dialogue reading like a rough translation.
One of those films where great acting and occasionally brilliant dialogue attempt to overcome an unbelievable plot and a cowardly Hollywood ending.
Brody pulls the juggling act off -- bringing to mind some riveting cinematic misfits before him, from Brando to McQueen to Pacino.
There must be some reason to worry over the fate of these people, but it's not in the movie.
Audience Reviews for Love the Hard Way
A tragic love story with too much tragedy and not enough love.
An interesting movie! Adrien Brody and Charlotte Ayanna are phenomenal. Intriguing story plot, but sad and tragic.
I am opting for the happy ending that was left as a mere suggestion at the end of this movie. Brody and Ayanna were great together.
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