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The Republic of Love

Directed by Deepa Mehta
Canada / United Kingdom, 2003 (fiction, 96 minutes, colour, English)

Film Description:
"The Republic of Love is a warm-hearted love story set in a cold city, a paradox that explores all the issues, dilemmas and barriers facing the lucky and unlucky in love in the 21st century. Fay and Tom live in the same apartment block. They live parallel lives but they have never met, a symptom of life in the modern age. Mutual acquaintances connect them, and one day they meet. This is it -- he/she is 'the one.' But suddenly, Fay is dealt a devastating blow at the hands of her family, which throws doubt into her mind and causes her to call the whole thing off. Tom is devastated; Fay is miserable at her decision but steadfast. Can they ever reconnect?"
-- Telefilm Canada (source)

Film Credits (partial):
Written by: Deepa Mehta, Esta Spalding
Based on: The Republic of Love, a novel by Carol Shields
Produced by: Chris Auty, Julie Baines, Bruce Duggan, Sarah Green, Bruce Greenwood, Mehernaz Lentin, Neil Peplow, Anna Stratton, Claire Welland
Principal Cast: Bruce Greenwood, Emilia Fox, Edward Fox, Martha Henry, Jan Rubes, Gary Farmer, Lloyd Owen, Jackie Burroughs, Claire Bloom
Cinematography: Douglas Koch
Film Editing: Barry Farrell
Music: Talvin Singh
Production Company: Triptych Media, the Works, Film Consortium, Dan Films
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"In The Republic of Love, [Deepa] Mehta takes anonymous public spaces and turns them into private ones, or at least spaces where private moments can take place, using locations and sights similar to those deployed in Patricia Rozema's seminal 1987 film, I've Heard the Mermaids Singing -- the enormous concrete structures that dominate Bay Street and University Avenue, and the escalators, malls and food courts seen in earlier films like The Silent Partner (1978) [directed by Daryl Duke]."
-- Steve Gravestock (source)

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