The Names of Love

Time:

  • 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.
  • September 9, 2011

Where:

  • The Tower Theatre
  • 815 E. Olive Avenue

Synopsis

This French comedy was an opening night selection at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival. The movie tells the story of Baya, a young and introverted Algerian woman who lives by the old hippie slogan, “Make love, not war,” to convert right-wing men to her left-wing political causes by sleeping with them. She seduces many and achieves exceptional results – until she meets Arthur, a middle-aged Jewish scientist who carries several generations worth of guilt on his shoulders. Bound by tragic family histories, the two improbably fall in love, testing the boundaries of Arab-Jewish relations, anti-Semitism, immigration, and racial and cultural identity. The film won two César Awards – the French Oscars – including best actress for rising star Sara Forestiere. Screening sponsor: L’Alliance Française de Fresno

Directed by Michel Leclerc
Franch, 35mm, 100 mins
In French, with English subtitles.

Reviews

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."
New Yorker
Forestier’s performance is a tour de force of comic acting, maintaining astonishing alertness and energy from shot to shot and scene to scene.
San Francisco Chronicle
The Names of Love’ is a delight, a thinking person’s romantic comedy which delves into the more shameful aspects of recent French history, the Arab/Jewish conflict, immigration and the ways people define themselves in a different culture.
Reeling Reviews
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."
New Yorker
Forestier’s performance is a tour de force of comic acting, maintaining astonishing alertness and energy from shot to shot and scene to scene.
San Francisco Chronicle
The Names of Love’ is a delight, a thinking person’s romantic comedy which delves into the more shameful aspects of recent French history, the Arab/Jewish conflict, immigration and the ways people define themselves in a different culture.
Reeling Reviews

Every second Friday of the month, Fresno Filmworks screens first-run independent and international movies at the historic Tower Theatre.