For those who wish to decode The Names of Love, there’s a sharp commentary on French prejudices, character types, history, and culture embedded in Michel Leclerc’s droll autobiographical French comedy. But the surface story works just fine too: A free-spirited, left-wing, seductive young Frenchwoman, daughter of an Algerian immigrant, meets an uptight, square, middle-aged Frenchman whose Jewish mother survived the Holocaust. Opposites ignite, emphasized by Leclerc’s playful use of contradictions, including deadpan performances juxtaposed with glam cinematography. B+
MAKE LOVE, NOT WAR Sara Forestier in The Names of Love
Genre: Comedy; Starring: Sara Forestier; Runtime (in minutes): 102; MPAA Rating: R; Distributor: Music Box Films
Posted June 21 2011 — 12:00 AM EDT
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