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Love the Hard Way

Love the Hard Way

Claire, a brilliant graduate student, is searching for the answers to life's questions in the quiet logic of her biology laboratory. One day at the local cinema, she meets a mysterious young man named Jack. Claire is intrigued by his style, his surly demeanor, and the sense of danger that surrounds him.

Jack is, in fact, a bona-fide con artist. With his loyal partner Charlie and two struggling actresses, he runs a regular scam conning foreign businessmen. But he also has a secret side beneath his tough surface - a passion for antiquarian books and a dream of one day writing a novel. Jack is thoroughly charmed by Claire's hopefulness, purity, and curiosity about life.

An unlikely romance begins between the innocent college co-ed Claire and the hard-boiled Jack. But Jack won't allow anyone to get too close and retreats behind his tough exterior. Abandoned and confused, Claire begins to neglect her studies and throws herself info a self-destructive downward spiral.

Jack tries to ignore her and concentrate on his scams. But detective Linda Meier is on to him. Jack and Charlie barely escape by the skin of their teeth. Once so self-assured and coolly confident, Jack finds his world crumbling. His emotions, once fully under his control, are tugging him into strange territory. Claire has affected him more profoundly than he ever expected. Only when Jack and Claire both hit rock-bottom can Jack admit how much she reall means to him.
Genre Drama, Love Story
Category Feature
Year of Production 2000
Director Peter Sehr
Screenplay Peter Sehr, Marie Noëlle
Cinematography Guy Dufaux
Christian Nauheimer
Dahoud Darien, Susan Jacobs
Debbi De Villa
Cast August Diehl, Adrien Brody, Charlotte Ayanna, Jon Seda, Pam Grier
Producers Wolfram Tichy, Peter Sehr
Production Companies Vif International Films, Potsdam-Babelsberg, P'Artisan Filmproduktion/Munich, in association with TiMe Film- und TV Produktion/Babelsberg, Open City Films/New York
Length 99 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 English
Subtitled Versions French, German, Spanish
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Festivals Locarno 2001 (in competition), Gothenburg 2002, Berlin 2002 (German Cinema), Sundance 2002, Valenciennes 2002, Istanbul 2002, Warsaw 2002 (German Panorama), Minneapolis/St. Paul 2003
Awards Silver Leopard Locarno 2001, Bavarian Film Award 2002 for Best Direction
With backing from FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, BKM

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