Love the Hard Way

Release Date: June 6, 2003
Limited release

Isn't that the drag queen from Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil?

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Writer/director Peter Sehr, along with his writing partner Marie Noelle, bring us this tale of comedy and tragedy combined into one film. Their script is based on a novel by Chinese writer Wang Shuo.

Jack (Adrien Brody) and Claire (Charlotte Ayanna) are the main characters in this tale of new (and eventually destructive) love. Jack is a small-time con man trying to work his way up and make a name for himself in the criminal underworld. Jack and his crew, which includes out-of-work actresses portraying hookers and a shady hotel clerk, bilks unsuspecting victims out of money, jewelry, and electronics - most anything where they can make a profit. But he does have a softer side. He sneaks off to a public storage unit where he can follow his real passions - writing pulp fiction and an interest in rare books.

Claire, an Ivy League biology student, takes an interest in Jack and tries to set him on the straight and narrow. Over and over, Jack promises Claire that he will stop sleeping around with women and his life of petty crimes. But he always returns to his old ways. Soon, these broken promises take a toll on Claire and her studies. She ends up helping Jack with his crimes and even does worse things on her own.

This movie was filmed shortly before The Pianist, where Brody had his Academy Award-winning performance, and has won him some more acclaim at film festivals worldwide. Some reviews have been critical of the lack of flow between the tragic and comedic parts of the film. But there have been some positive reviews as well. It's time, once again, for you to see the film and make up your own mind. (Marty Doskins/BOP)

Vital statistics for Love the Hard Way
Main Cast Adrien Brody, Charlotte Ayanna
Supporting Cast Pam Grier, Jon Seda
Director Peter Sehr
Screenwriter Peter Sehr, Marie Noelle
Distributor Kino International
Trailer Click Here for Trailer
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Rating R
Running Time 104 minutes
Screen Count 6
  • 2002 Bavarian Film Awards - Best Direction
  • 2002 International Festival of Action and Adventure Films - Best Actor (Adrien Brody), Best Actress (Charlotte Ayanna)
  • 2001 Locarno International Film Festival - Silver Leopard Award for New Cinema

Awards page for Love the Hard Way
Talent in red has entry in The Big Picture



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