Mektoub, My Love: Canto Uno

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Mektoub, My Love: Canto Uno
Mektoub, My Love.jpg
Film poster
Directed byAbdellatif Kechiche
Produced byAbdellatif Kechiche
Riccardo Marchegiani
Screenplay byAbdellatif Kechiche
Ghalia Lacroix
Based onLa Blessure, la vraie
by François Bégaudeau
Music byRémi Barbot
CinematographyMarco Graziaplena
Edited byMaria Gimenez Cavallo
Nathanaëlle Gerbeaux
Quat'sous films
Good Films
Distributed byPathé
Release date
  • 7 September 2017 (2017-09-07) (Venice)
  • 21 March 2017 (2017-03-21) (France)
  • 24 May 2018 (2018-05-24) (Italy)
Running time
181 minutes[1]
Budget€8.6 million[2]
Box officeUS$1.2 million[3]

Mektoub, My Love: Canto Uno is a 2017 French romantic drama film directed by Abdellatif Kechiche. The film is an adaptation of François Bégaudeau's novel La Blessure, la vraie. It was screened in the main competition section of the 74th Venice International Film Festival.[4] A sequel, entitled Intermezzo, was released in 2019.


In 1994, Amin a former medical student looking to become a screenwriter, returns from Paris to his hometown of Sète. While there he falls for Ophélie, a young woman who is engaged to another man, but who is having an affair with Amin's cousin Tony.


A guest, Boumédine, Herzi, Keciche, Bau, and Bau's boyfriend at the 2018 Cabourg Film Festival.


In 2017 Kechiche announced he was auctioning off the Palme d'or he had received for his previous film Blue Is the Warmest Colour in order to finish the film. Producers for Mektoub had withdrawn funds during post-production after discovering that Kechiche intended to split Mektoub into two or three films.[5] Kechiche did find the funds necessary to finish the film and succeeded in splitting the film with the sequel, Mektoub, My Love: Intermezzo premiering in 2019.

Critical response[edit]

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 55%, based on 20 reviews, with an average rating of 5.2/10.[6] On Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, the film has a score of 59 out of 100, based on 9 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[7]


  1. ^ "Mektoub, My Love". British Board of Film Classification. Retrieved 23 May 2019.
  2. ^ "Mektoub My Love : Canto Uno (2018) - JPBox-Office". Retrieved 11 May 2019.
  3. ^ "Mektoub, My Love: Canto Uno". Retrieved 11 May 2019.
  4. ^ "Venice Competition Includes Films From George Clooney, Guillermo del Toro, Darren Aronofsky". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 27 July 2017.
  5. ^ Roxborough, Scott. "Director Abdellatif Kechiche: Why I'm Selling My Palme d'Or (Exclusive)". Retrieved 2 May 2019.
  6. ^ "Mektoub, My Love: Canto Uno". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 11 May 2019.
  7. ^ "Mektoub, My Love: Canto Uno reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 11 May 2019.

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