Le nom des gens (The Names of Love)

2011

Le nom des gens (The Names of Love)

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Young extrovert Baya Benmahmoud lives by this classic motto: "Make love, not war." In order to convert them to her cause, she sleeps with her political enemies - which means a lot of men, because every conservative is her enemy. So far, she's gotten good results. Until she meets Arthur Martin, 40-something. She figures that with such a common name (there are more than 10,000 Arthur Martins in France), he's bound to be a real conservative and thus hard to convert. Yet, names are treacherous and things aren't always what they seem. Bahia and Arthur are as different as two people can be.
 So when they fall in love, sparks fly... -- (C) Music Box Films

Cast

Jacques Gamblin
as Arthur Martin
Sara Forestier
as Bahia Benmahmoud
Zinedine Soualem
as Mohamed Benhmamoud
Carole Franck
as Cecile Benmahmoud
Jacques Boudet
as Lucien Martin
Michèle Moretti
as Annette Martin

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Critic Reviews for Le nom des gens (The Names of Love)

All Critics (53) | Top Critics (27) | Fresh (38) | Rotten (15)

  • Every bit as anonymous and lost as its cartoonish, cookie cutter characters, who whittle down the cultural complexities of a diverse France into a stale and toothless romantic comedy.

    August 6, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • A film with such a clever premise could easily slide from satire to silliness. But "The Names of Love is fun without being too farcical.

    January 8, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Inspires a strange fascination, thanks mostly to an sometimes awe-inspiring indifference to matters of propriety or good taste.

    May 3, 2015
  • An edgy French twist on the old Hollywood "meet cute" romance.

    January 6, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • It's a credit to the talents of his cast as well as to Leclerc's ability to juggle comedy and drama that The Names of Love manages to be so winning a concoction.

    January 18, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Your name is your destiny ... but not always

    November 14, 2011 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Le nom des gens (The Names of Love)

  • Jan 22, 2013
    A romantic comedy as only the French can do it! Two unlikely characters meet and fall in love, although the road to get there is never smooth. Sarah Forestier, as Baya, the free-spirited daughter of an Algerian immigrant father and a left-wing activist French mother, meets Arthur Martin (like the cooker), played by Jacques Gamblin, an uptight son of a Jewish woman and a father descended from Greek immigrants. Ms Forestier is a blue-eyed dark haired beauty who captivated this viewer from the outset. This one had the viewer laughing and crying at the antics of these star-crossed lovers who somehow make it work in the end. The filmmaker's style seems to have been influenced by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, in it's use of flashback with voice-over narration, and the saturated colors in some of the scenes. And that was a good thing, as it enhanced the emotional impact of the film. A terrific story, that had me rooting for these two the whole way through!
    Mark A Super Reviewer
  • Mar 23, 2012
    Funny and thought-provoking, this delicious romantic comedy offers an intelligent commentary on politics and society but stands out more for its originality and for being as atypical as its eccentric characters, who we easily learn to care about.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 05, 2012
    Very quirky and likable characters and performances. Recommended.
    Sam R Super Reviewer
  • Jan 01, 2012
    Despite some issues with the movie laying on the themes of race and politics a little too heavily, this is probably among the better romantic comedies to come out in recent memory. It's funny, inventive and quirky. It also has a surprising amount of legitimate character development and emotional depth. I was actually really surprised by how much I liked the movie. The leading actors are both tremendous and play off each other really well. Overall this is a really good romantic comedy, believe it or not.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer

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