The Republic of Love (2004)




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Tom is a charismatic late-night radio talk show host, whose unconventional upbringing has made him a little too quick to fall in love and marry, resulting in three divorces before the age of 40. Fay is his total opposite; her romantic ideal has not yet been attained and is unlikely ever to be due to her impossibly high expectations as a result of living with the perfection that is her parents' rock solid marriage. This unlikely pairing proves the rule that in love, there are no rules and the couple meet and fall deeply in love at first sight. All is faultless, until Fay's parents' marriage breaks down suddenly, out of nowhere, after 40 years of wedded bliss. Fay and their relationship are thrown into turmoil. Will Tom be able to persuade his naturally cautious and terminally confused fiancée to work through all the damage and chaos?
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama , Romance
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Edward Fox
as Richard
Emilia Fox
as Faye
Bruce Greenwood
as Tom Avery
Connor Price
as Gary Woloschuck
Martha Henry
as Audrey
Lloyd Owen
as Peter
Tamara Hope
as Sophie
Emma Tima
as Crissy Woloschuck
Jan Rubes
as Strom
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Critic Reviews for The Republic of Love

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (2)

A quaintly uncomplicated romance that struggles to keep up with the quality of its acting.

Full Review… | February 13, 2004
Toronto Star
Top Critic

The charisma of the cast goes a long way to bring warmth to this story of winter love.

February 13, 2004
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Wintry symbolism has never felt so forced -- and in a film that ought to have been played as a romantic comedy, it's never been more out of place, either.

July 25, 2004

Mehta's screenplay never effectively addresses one of the major themes of the story.

February 13, 2004
Jam! Movies

A modest endeavour but there is much to quietly savour here.

February 13, 2004
Jam! Movies

The tiresome zaniness and Seinfeldian conceits might be forgivable if the romantic plot weren't so full of empty truisms and nonsense lines that would stump a Zen monk.

February 12, 2004
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

Audience Reviews for The Republic of Love


Deepa Mehta has a good reputation for art house type movies set in India. This movie, based on a well-known novel by Carol Shields, was Mehta's big chance to show she can do a North American style romantic comedy (she wrote and directed it). The answer's in: she can't. Back to India, Deepa.

Hal Morris
Hal Morris

An interesting movie! Good story plot. Great cast! Beautiful music. An amazing director! (One of my favorite directors) Here's a movie that gives an intriguing perspective into the dynamics of love, family, relationships, and friendships. Tom and Fay are two individuals who meet and fall in love at first sight. They are inseparable and believe that love is definitely worth pursuing. Definitely worthy!

Leo L
Leo L

Super Reviewer

all i can say is that deepa has done it again. vastly different from everything else she has directed. much lighter.

natalie z
natalie z

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