Meet Baya Benmahmoud: “No one else in France has that name.” Baya is this tongue-in-cheek film’s protagonist. She lives by the classic motto: "Make love, not war." She sleeps with her political enemies (every conservative) to convert them into liberals.
When she meets Arthur Martin – just one of 15,207 men in France with that name – she doesn’t expect to fall in love with him. Actually, he is not even a ‘fascist’ but a Jospiniste: “as rare as a mandarin duck in the Ile de Ré” says Former French Prime Minister and Socialist candidate for president Lionel Jospin in his cameo.
Sara Forestier was awarded the best actress César award for her exceptional performance in this film. “It's all put across with such energy and good spirits that it feels brand new. If you don't enjoy this one, you don't like fun” (Covert, 2011).
Covert, Colin. “The Names of Love”.startribunecom. 25 Aug. 2011.
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