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The Nature of Love - Review (London Film Festival 2023)

Why Are You Fighting Your True Self? 3.5 / 5

Directed by Monia Chokri.

Sophia’s comfortable life is turned upside down the day she meets Sylvain, an entrepreneur from the Laurentians.

A story of forbidden love captures the passion and excitement of a whirlwind romance but the cameras continue rolling after the Happily Ever After to show the reality of The Nature of Love.

Magalie Lépine-Blondeau gives an impeccable performance as Sophia who turns her life upside down after meeting and falling for Pierre-Yves Cardinal's Sylvian - even if that means abandoning her comfortable yet mundane lifestyle. There is an irresistible chemistry that floods the screen as Sophia, the audience and the film itself becomes smitten in a storybook romance.

Monia Chokri's style of filmmaking perfectly pairs with the contained chaos of the story with erratic camerawork, movement and zooms that feel just as energetic and dream-like as Sophia's journey - attempting to keep up and observe the mayhem.

A unique and honest look at love that explores the good, bad and ugly side of romance that deals with the consequences of when you make life's biggest decisions with your heart: the highs and lows of leaping before you look.

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