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|The Republic of Love|
Actors: Kate Lynch, Kate Kelton, Sunday Muse, Brooke D'Orsay, Bruce Greenwood
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
Based on the novel by Carol Shields, The Republic of Love is a romantic comedy about the barriers facing the lucky and the unlucky in love in the 21st century. Tom is a charismatic late-night radio talk show host whose unc... more »
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An Intelligent Script from a Pulitzer Prize Novelist Deliver
Grady Harp | Los Angeles, CA United States | 01/21/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"THE REPUBLIC OF LOVE is yet another fine film from Canada based on Canadian Pulitzer Prize Winner (for 'The Stone Diaries') Carol Shields' novel by the same name, and written for the screen and directed by the gifted Deepa Mehta ('Earth', 'Fire', 'Water', etc). It is a satisfying story about the human boundaries set by/for love and how those 'republics' touch and clash and interact.
Tom Avery (the very gifted actor Bruce Greenwood) was an illegitimate child, raised by a homemaker class as a teaching lesson in how young brides to be should learn the skills of tending house, who has grown up, married three times out of a need for belonging and for being loved, and is currently unattached, making his living as a night talk show host helping the lonely hearts. Into his life steps the beautiful museum curator, currently involved in a Mermaid Exhibition, by the name of Fay (Emilia Fox) who remains single because of her exceptionally high demands for a partner. The two meet, fall immediately in love at first sight, much to their individual surprise, and proceed with a courtship, while at the same time encountering and observing other couples (especially their parents) who seem to hold the winning medals for perfect marriage.
Fay's parents (James Fox is Richard, the father) have just celebrated their anniversary when Richard abruptly decides to leave his wife. Fay runs to her mother's rescue, leaving Tom alone and the apparent brunt of Fay's disillusion of marriage. The changes that occur cause Tom to reflect on his history of marrying too often in unions that have not met with success. How Fay and Tom ultimately resolve the abutments of their personal 'republics' is the part of the story that carries the film.
The entire cast includes some of Canada's finest actors and the film is solidly directed by Mehta. There are aspects that disrupt the flow of the story, the main one being the incessant and very loud East Indian music that seems wholly out of place and is at best distracting (the score was written by Talvin Singh). Mehta also elects to throw in some bizarre cutesy animation at the end that for this viewer cheapens the story. But flaws aside, this is a fine film graced by the presence of Bruce Greenwood and Emilia Fox. Recommended entry from Film Movement. Grady Harp, January 08"
Even better than the book
J. Ferris | Washington, DC, USA | 10/19/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The Republic of LoveThe book was good, but this is one of those rare cases where the movie is better. A terrific cast--including the too-little-known Bruce Greenwood (JFK in "Thirteen Days") and a real-life as well as onscreen father-daughter pair, James and Emilia Fox--gives us a terrific look at love."