Baya Benmahmoud, a young, extroverted liberal, lives by the old hippie slogan: "Make love, not war" to convert right-wing men to her left-wing political causes by sleeping with them. She seduces many and so far has received exceptional results - until she meets Arthur Martin, a Jewish middle aged, middle-of-the road scientist. Bound by common tragic family histories (the Algerian War and Holocaust under Vichy), the duo improbably fall in love.
Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
So many actresses are asked to be adorable even in their characters' most exasperating moments, but few pull it off as well as Forestier.Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times, 06.24.2011
In its joyful and high-spirited fashion "The Names of Love" suggests that we must learn from the past but live for the future, and that definitely doesn't just apply to French people.Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com, 06.25.2011
Leclerc pays such lavish homage, in the construction of his film, to golden-age Allen; the moments at which a bewildered Arthur consults his teen-age self could have come straight out of "Annie Hall."Anthony Lane, New Yorker, 06.27.2011
From madcap to moronic.Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News, 06.23.2011