New Release: The Names of Love DVD

Release Date: Oct. 18, 2011
Price: DVD $29.95
Studio: Music Box

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Sara Forestier isn't shelfish about her politics in The Names of Love.

The 2010 French comedy movie The Names of Love tells the tale of a woman who uses sex as a weapon — a political weapon!

Directed by Michel Leclerc (La Tete de Maman), the foreign film follows Baya Benmahmoud (Sara Forestier, Wild Grass), who’s a young, extroverted liberal who goes to bed with her right-wing opponents in order to manipulate them towards her left-wing causes.

A weapon of “mass seduction,” Baya has a remarkably high success rate — until she meets her match in Arthur Martin (Jacques Gamblin, Inspector Bellamy), a Jewish middle age, middle-of-the road scientist. The two are destined to fall in love, of course, but not even fate can predict what will happen when their parents all come together for the first time. Will the issues of Arab-Jewish relationships, immigration and cultural identity take a back seat to love, sex and longing or vice-versa?

The winner of two 2011 Cesar Awards in France for Best Actress (Sara Forestier) and Best Original Screenplay (Baya Kasmi and Michel Leclerc), The Names of Love played a slew of international film festivals before being released in U.S. theaters in June, 2011, where it grossed nearly a half-million dollars.

Here’s a list of the bonus features on the DVD:

  • “The Making of The Names of Love” behind-the-scenes documentary by Baya Kasmi
  • I Could Have Been a Hooker 2011 short film by The Names of Love screenwriter Baya Kasmi
  • four deleted scenes
  • three French teaser trailers
  • theatrical trailer

The film is presented in French with English subtitles.

Here’s the movie’s trailer, which also has English subtitles:

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