Review: Love Gets a Hilarious Makeover at Sarasota Film Fest: Review of “The Nature of Love”

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Love Gets a Hilarious Makeover at Sarasota Film Fest: Review of “The Nature of Love” by Candace Carson

Forget stuffy love stories! “The Nature of Love,” a laugh-out-loud Canadian comedy that just premiered at the Sarasota Film Festival, injects some serious wit and charm into the whole “meet cute, fall in love” routine.

Imagine a brainy college professor, Sophia (played by the awesome Magalie Lépine Blondeau), who knows everything there is to know about love… in theory. Then throw in a rugged contractor, Sylvain (Pierre-Yves Cardinal –think Chris Hemsworth with a French accent!), renovating her lake house with her very chill husband, Xavier (Francis-William Rheaume). Sparks fly faster than a power outage in a Florida thunderstorm, and Sophia’s gotta grapple with the difference between textbook love and the real, messy kind.

Writer/Director Monia Chokri keeps things moving with super sharp dialogue that’s both funny and thought-provoking. It’s like Nora Ephron met Woody Allen and decided to have a hilarious philosophical debate while sipping wine on a gorgeous lakefront.

The cast is killer. These actors are hilarious! Blondeau is fantastic as Sophia, going from know-it-all professor to lovesick puppy with total believability.

Get ready for witty banter, awkward situations, and enough physical comedy to make you snort your popcorn. The film tackles the complexities of love with humor, but it also has a lot of heart.

If you love classic screwball comedies with rapid-fire dialogue, you’ll be in stitches. The whole “philosophy of love” thing might not be for everyone, but it’s delivered in such a lighthearted way, it’s hard not to enjoy.

“The Nature of Love” is a delightful rom-com that will have you grinning from ear to ear. It’s the perfect Sarasota Film Festival pick-me-up: funny, smart, and with a touch of sweetness. So grab your bestie, ditch the rom-drom clichés, and get ready for a hilarious exploration of the crazy thing called love.

Magalie Lépine Blondea

 

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