The Republic of Love (2004)
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Critic Reviews for The Republic of Love
A quaintly uncomplicated romance that struggles to keep up with the quality of its acting.
The charisma of the cast goes a long way to bring warmth to this story of winter love.
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.
Mehta's screenplay never effectively addresses one of the major themes of the story.
A modest endeavour but there is much to quietly savour here.
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.
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.
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!
all i can say is that deepa has done it again. vastly different from everything else she has directed. much lighter.
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