The Names of Love

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The Names of Love
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Film poster
Directed by Michel Leclerc
Produced by Antoine Rein
Fabrice Goldstein
Caroline Adrian
Written by Michel Leclerc
Baya Kasmi
Starring Sara Forestier
Jacques Gamblin
Zinedine Soualem
Carole Franck
Music by Jérôme Bensoussan
David Euverte
Cinematography Vincent Mathias
Edited by Nathalie Hubert
Delante Films
Karé Productions
TF1 Droits Audiovisuels
Distributed by UGC Distribution
Release date
  • 10 July 2010 (2010-07-10)
Running time
100 minutes
Country France
Language French
Budget $2.5 million
Box office $6.1 million[1]

The Names of Love (French: Le Nom des gens) is a 2010 French romantic comedy film directed by Michel Leclerc, written by Leclerc and Baya Kasmi, and produced by Antoine Rein, Fabrice Goldstein and Caroline Adrian. The film recorded 764,821 admissions in Europe.[2]

The film was awarded two César Awards in 2011, including Best Actress for Sara Forestier and Best Original Screenplay.[3]

The former French Prime Minister Lionel Jospin makes a cameo appearance.


The film is semi-biographical, documenting the life of a young woman who uses sex as a weapon to influence right-wing individuals and conservative Muslims. Bahia Benmahmoud (Sara Forestier), a scatter-brained, free-spirited, young left-wing activist, sleeps with her political opposites in order to manipulate them to her cause, until she finds her match in Arthur Martin (Jacques Gamblin).



The Names of Love received generally positive reviews. Rotten Tomatoes gives the film an aggregate score of 73%, based on 52 reviews, with an average rating of 6.8 out of 10.[4] The film also has a score of 62 out of 100 on Metacritic based on 19 reviews.[5]


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  2. ^ "Le nom des gens". LUMIERE – European Audiovisual Observatory. Retrieved 13 November 2013. 
  3. ^ "Polanski and Tarantino feted at French film awards". BBC News. 26 February 2011. Retrieved 2011-02-27. 
  4. ^ "Le nom des gens (The Names of Love) (2011)". Rotten Tomatoes. 
  5. ^ "The Names of Love". Metacritic. 

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