THE NATURE OF LOVE – Review by Leslie Combemale

Love is complicated. Obviously. That’s one of the ultimate messages of Monia Chokri’s The Nature of Love. What she’s also saying is that love and relationships aren’t just complicated, they’re largely classist, and sometimes restrictive to women in a way they aren’t for men. The Quebecois writer/director set about telling a story that examines aspects of sexuality and coupling from a feminist perspective, and the successful cinematic result is funny and painful in equal parts.

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Monia Chokri and Magalie Lepine Blondeau on The Nature of Love (TIFF 2023) – Liz Braun interviews

Writer/director Monia Chokri and her lead actress Magalie Lepine Blondeau, speak about wanting The Nature of Love to help debunk all the fantasies about love and romance women are fed from childhood. There are a half-dozen sex scenes in The Nature of Love, “And each has to be different. I wanted to make it like an action scene,” said Chokri. “It has to be something to push the narrative. if there’s only the intention of sex, it’s not interesting to me.”

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THE NATURE OF LOVE (TIFF 2023) – Review by Nadine Whitney

Monia Chokri’s The Nature of Love is a bitterly droll romantic comedy that pokes fun at the genre itself. Chokri asks you to sit with her characters who can’t move out of their own ways to make anything work in their lives. Ultimately, Chokri does have a fondness for the imperfect people she has written. Maybe none of it is really their fault – just a case of circumstance and opportunity. What is love anyway?

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