The Republic of Love
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In Deepa Mehta's poignant and heartbreaking romance, Emilia Fox plays Fay, a generally content, thirtysomething Torontoite suffering in a relationship of quiet desperation with her boyfriend; Bruce Greenwood is Tom Avery, a loser in the ways of romance with three broken-hearted marriages behind him, who hosts a late-night call-in radio program. The two meet and grow deeply smitten with one another, but must ultimately learn to accept one another unconditionally. Life seems just about perfect, until an unforeseen calamity challenges everything Fay has come to rely on as stable and solid.… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 44%

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"A quaintly uncomplicated romance that struggles to keep up with the quality of its acting."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"Mehta's screenplay never effectively addresses one of the major themes of the story."
‑ Louis B. Hobson, Jam! Movies
"The lack of vitality and dramatic storyline renders this tale about faith in love underwhelming and artificial."
‑ Angela Baldassarre,
"The charisma of the cast goes a long way to bring warmth to this story of winter love."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"A modest endeavour but there is much to quietly savour here."
‑ Bruce Kirkland, Jam! Movies
"...remains entertaining because of the two stars, both of whom give incredibly charismatic performances."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Wintry symbolism has never felt so forced -- and in a film that ought to have been played as a romantic comedy, it's never been more out of place, either."
‑ Christopher Null,
"The tiresome zaniness and Seinfeldian conceits might be forgivable if the romantic plot weren't so full of empty truisms and nonsense lines that would stump a Zen monk."
‑ Brian Gibson, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
"Mehta's confidently crafted film is more intelligent and serious than your standard romantic comedy."
‑ Dan Jardine, Cinemania
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