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372 Ratings

Love Battles

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Directed by Jacques Doillon
France, 2013


A couple’s verbal sparring intensifies with shoving, punching and wrestling, escalating to the point where their frequent fighting sessions become real love battles…

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Love Battles Directed by Jacques Doillon

Critics reviews

The premise is an ideal vehicle for Doillon’s fascination with spontaneous and unexplainable behavior, and the committed, acrobatic lead performances merit comparisons to Buster Keaton.
December 23, 2015
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I’m normally a fan of Jacques Doillon’s twitchy relationship power struggles, but I’m not big on confrontation for its own sake and couldn’t get on the wavelength of S&M-as-flirtation drama Love Battles, which pits Forestier against James Thiérrée.
March 08, 2014
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…Doillon came up with an even more staggering genre remix with Love Battles, a Let’s Talk About Love film in the form of a martial-arts movie! …Yes, it’s as outrageous as it sounds—the way words seem to turn into jabs and throw-downs into ideas, how the fury of an argument can develop into a fuck-frenzy and an orgasm can produce new words and meanings.
May 02, 2013
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