THE NAMES OF LOVE
Zany Left-Wing Politics
Release Date: June 24, 2011
Starring: Sara Forestier, Jacques
Gamblin, Carole Franck,
Zinedine Soualem, Michéle
Moretti, Jacques Boudet
Runtime: 102 minutes
Distributor: Music Box Films
Director: Michel Leclerc
Executive Producer: None
Producer: Caroline Adrian, Antoine Rein,
Writer: Baya Kasmi, Michel Leclerc
Address Comments To:William Schopf, President
Music Box Films
942 W. Lake Street
Chicago, IL 60607
Phone: (312) 492-9364
Basically, the movie is about an on-again, off-again love affair between Arthur, a government bureaucrat plagued by guilt over his abandonment of his mother’s Jewish heritage, and Baya, the daughter of a Muslim handyman who paints and a left-wing French mother. Though rather stuffy and prim, Arthur always votes for the radical socialist candidate. He keeps running into Baya, and they finally go to bed together. Eventually, he learns, however, that Baya enjoys sleeping with right-wing men so she can convert him. She tells Arthur that she literally lives by the slogan, “Make love, not war.” This sends him into fits of jealousy, but he can’t stay away from Baya because, unlike the other men, she clearly wants to be with him for no other reason than she likes him.
Just when it seems as if the two of them may get married, Arthur’s Jewish mother dies, and he breaks off their relationship. The question becomes, can he stay away for good?
Throughout their bizarre, humorous relationship, the two lead characters (and the movie itself) are obsessed with their ethic backgrounds. The right wing characters are seen as fascists who want to pigeonhole people into their ethnic identities. Thus, the movie stresses the fact that both main characters come from mixed ethnic backgrounds.
Ultimately, therefore, the movie offers a Romantic worldview supporting a world without borders, beyond nationality and ethnicity. Apparently, the goal is to offer some kind of non-capitalist socialist utopia. Fat chance!
THE NAMES OF LOVE also has plenty of strong foul language, strong sexual references and at least two extended scenes of explicit full female nudity.
THE NAMES OF LOVE is a zany comedy that won a couple awards in France. However, it offers a Romantic worldview supporting a world without borders, beyond nationality and ethnicity. Apparently, the goal is to offer some kind of non-capitalist socialist utopia. THE NAMES OF LOVE also has plenty of strong foul language, strong sexual references and other explicit, excessive content.