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The Nature of Love

University professor Sophia (Magalie Lépine-Blondeau) is turning 40, but her life of intellectual dinner parties (and marriage with Xavier (Francis-William Rhéaume)) is completely upended when she falls for a blue-collar worker (Pierre-Yves Cardinal). The style of Robert Altman and the writings on love by bell hooks inspired the director for this Quebec-set drama about a woman’s struggle to regain her footing after that initial wave of passion; class and the ability (or inability) of her friends and family to be supportive play huge parts. Made with a great sense of humor and an understanding of the raw emotions and desire involved in such an affair. The two leads are terrific. 

2023-Canada. 112 min. Color. Produced by Sylvain Corbeil, Nancy Grant, Elisha Karmitz, Nathanaël Karmitz. Written and directed by Monia Chokri. Cinematography: André Turpin. Cast: Magalie Lépine-Blondeau (Sophia), Pierre-Yves Cardinal (Sylvain), Francis-William Rhéaume (Xavier), Monia Chokri, Steve Laplante, Marie-Ginette Guay. 

Trivia: Original title: Simple comme Sylvain.

Last word: “I aimed to do two things: firstly, I was imagining this film as an animal documentary. I wanted to shoot from far away and observe the dance of the animals that were about to mate. For that reason, we had to use a long lens and zoom; sometimes we had a 600 mm lens! Also, I was thinking of Robert Altman and his use of zoom, so I studied him a lot. I was also inspired by romantic films of the 1970s, like Love Story, or other American movies from that era, but I wanted something calmer in the visuals.” (Chokri, Cineuropa)

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