Le nom des gens (The Names of Love) Reviews

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October 4, 2011
There's a taste of "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," "Something Wild" "Forces of Nature" and even "Bringing Up Baby," perhaps the best of the wild child-seduces-straight arrow romances.
September 1, 2011
It's always entertaining, and it boasts a terrific performance from Sara Forestier.
August 26, 2011
A bit jarring while still totally disarming, The Names of Love stirs the pot in more ways than one.
August 26, 2011
The elements of sex, race and religion spin in separate orbits, but the two likable leads hold them together as the film grows surprisingly serious.
August 19, 2011
It's a playfully sexy farce that plays like a Gallic "Annie Hall" - if Annie had been as blithe about nudity as Baya is.
August 18, 2011
Playfully provocative and boasting a star-making turn from Sara Forestier, The Names of Love addresses the volatile issue of European assimilation and multiculturalism, but in a tone and tenor full of screwball whimsy.
August 18, 2011
Instead of asking "What's in a name?,'' this slyly delightful piece of Gallic fluff wonders at all the ways that names - the labels we give to one another - bring us into the world and keep us apart from it.
July 28, 2011
Forestier's performance is a tour de force of comic acting, maintaining astonishing alertness and energy from shot to shot and scene to scene.
July 7, 2011
The movie never really decides what it's about, and its odd-couple romance is stale and unpersuasive.
July 7, 2011
What I admired was the story of these characters themselves. What an odd couple.
July 3, 2011
Well worth the effort spent trying to read the white subtitles too often superimposed over a white background.
July 1, 2011
The film is sometimes funny and occasionally smart yet never quite what it wants to be -- funny and smart at the same time.
June 27, 2011
Leclerc pays such lavish homage, in the construction of his film, to golden-age Allen; the moments at which a bewildered Arthur consults his teen-age self could have come straight out of "Annie Hall."
June 26, 2011
In its joyful and high-spirited fashion "The Names of Love" suggests that we must learn from the past but live for the future, and that definitely doesn't just apply to French people.
June 24, 2011
I'm not saying that seriousness and nudity cannot coexist, even in France, but the mix of gravitas and friskiness here is annoyingly superficial. The film's tone is "crowd-pleasing," but which crowd exactly is being pleased?
June 24, 2011
So many actresses are asked to be adorable even in their characters' most exasperating moments, but few pull it off as well as Forestier.
June 24, 2011
A film that isn't sure if it's a political statement on Muslim/Jewish relations or an "Annie Hall" homage.
June 24, 2011
Strained and mildly amusing.
June 24, 2011
From madcap to moronic.
June 23, 2011
Mr. Leclerc's movie, in French with good English subtitles, often plays like romantic comedy, but it's really a sophisticated burlesque about the significance of surnames, plus some quintessentially French obsessions...
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