The Names of Love

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The Names of Love
The Names of Love.jpg
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
Distributed by Music Box Films (US)
Release dates
  • 10 July 2010 (2010-07-10)
Running time
100 minutes
Country France
Language French

The Names of Love (French: Le Nom des gens) is a 2010 French 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.[1]

Production background[edit]

The film was awarded two César Awards in 2011, including best female lead for Sara Forestier and best writing.[2]

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. Baya 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).



  1. ^ "Le nom des gens". LUMIERE – European Audiovisual Observatory. Retrieved 13 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "Polanski and Tarantino feted at French film awards". BBC News. 26 February 2011. Retrieved 2011-02-27. 

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