The Republic of Love (October 13/05)
It seems fitting that The Republic of Love marks Deepa Mehta's first film since Bollywood/Hollywood, as it partly deals with the kind of idealized love that Bollywood movies are famous for.
Set in Toronto, The Republic of Love stars Bruce Greenwood as Tom Avery - a successful radio personality that's had little success in his love life. After meeting the beautiful Faye (Emilia Fox) at a party, though, the two begin a relationship that's initially quite blissful - but as tends to be the case with romantic movies of this ilk, it's not long before something breaks them apart.
The Republic of Love is a cute little movie that remains entertaining because of the two stars, both of whom give incredibly charismatic performances. We're really rooting for this couple to succeed, and that's essentially what makes or breaks a flick like this.
Mehta takes her time in setting up the story, but the film picks up once Tom and Faye meet. Instances of fantasy inserted by Mehta into the story are too over-the-top to really be effective, while moments of comedy (such as the woman with a toe fetish that Tom dates) aren't entirely necessary.
Still, the easy charm of the two actors more than makes up for any faults the film might have.