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The Nature of Love

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Overview

Sophia, a 40-year-old philosophy professor, has been in a stable and conventional marriage to Xavier for a decade. From gallery openings to endless dinner parties, ten years have flown by. When Sophia meets Sylvain, a craftsman renovating the couple’s new country house, Sophia’s world is turned upside down. The two begin a passionate affair fueled by their irresistible physical connection. However, Sophia comes from a wealthy family of intellectuals, while Sylvain comes from a working-class family of manual workers. As they get to know each other on a deeper level, Sophia begins to question her own values after abandoning herself to her great romantic impulses. Director Monia Chokri delivers a smart and sexy romantic comedy, infusing it with spiky energy and fresh perspective, upending genre and gender conventions.

Reactions, Awards & Festivals

Winner

Best Foreign Film

César Awards 2024

Official Selection

Un Certain Regard

Cannes Film Festival 2023

“A sharp and perceptive romantic comedy.”

Wendy Ide

Screen Daily

“A sexy, funny treat, Chokri's third feature communicates some home truths about desire and familiarity, but not at the expense of comedy."

Catherine Bray

Variety

"It’s the best piece of Québec cinema I’ve seen this year and sets Monia Chokri apart as one of the few singular auteurs in our cultural ecosystem."

Maxance Vincent

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Cast & Crew
  • Magalie Lépine-Blondeau : Sophia
  • Pierre-Yves Cardinal : Sylvain
  • Monia Chokri : Françoise
  • Francis-William Rhéaume : Xavier
  • Steve Laplante : Philippe
  • Marie-Ginette Guay : Sylvie
  • Micheline Lanctôt : Madeleine
  • Guillaume Laurin : Olivier
  • Linda Sorgini : Guylaine
  • Mathieu Baron : Kevin
  • Christine Beaulieu : Karine
  • Lubna Playoust : Joséphine
  • Guy Thauvette : Pierre
  • Karelle Tremblay : Camélia
  • Director : Monia Chokri
  • Scriptwriter : Monia Chokri
  • Cinematography : André Turpin
  • Production Design : Colombe Raby
  • First Assistant Director : Cédrick Kluyskens
  • Set Decoration : Kimberley Thibodeau
  • Editing : Pauline Gaillard
  • Sound Design : François Grenon, Julien Roig, Olivier Guillaume
  • Original Score : Emile Sornin
  • Script Supervisor : Nathalie Paquette
Technical Info
  • Theatrical Release Date : July 5, 2024
  • Production Year : 2023
  • Country : Canada, France
  • Language : Quebec French with English subtitles
  • Running Time : 111 minutes
  • Aspect Ratio : 1.85:1
  • Projection Format : 2K DCP
  • Rating : NR
  • Genre : Comedy, Romance
Theatrical Engagements
Theater Name
City
State
Date
New York
NY
07/05/2024
Los Angeles
CA
07/12/2024
Coral Gables
FL
07/12/2024
Chicago
IL
07/26/2024
Columbus
OH
07/26/2024
Cleveland
OH
08/01/2024