Love the Hard Way


1h 50m 2001

Brief Synopsis

Claire, a brilliant student, seeks answers to the meaning of life in the calm of her biology laboratory. One day, she meets a mysterious young man, Jack, at the cinema, and is intrigued by his style, assurance and audacity. Apart from his artistic activities, Jack has a regular scam going, ripping o

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
2001
Distribution Company
Kino International; Filmladen Gmbh; Filmwelt Verleih; Golden Village; Karmafilms (Spain); Kino International; Kino Video; Luxor Entertainment (Russia); Ottfilm
Location
New York City, New York, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 50m

Synopsis

Claire, a brilliant student, seeks answers to the meaning of life in the calm of her biology laboratory. One day, she meets a mysterious young man, Jack, at the cinema, and is intrigued by his style, assurance and audacity. Apart from his artistic activities, Jack has a regular scam going, ripping off foreign businessmen with his loyal mate Charlie and two actresses. But his tough guy exterior conceals a secret passion for old books, and he dreams of writing a novel one day. Jack falls hard for Claire's purity and curiosity. An unusual romance develops between them. But Jack is scared of their growing intimacy and rejects Claire, withdrawing into his shell. Abandoned and confused, Claire gradually begins to neglect her studies and embarks on a spiraling course of self-destruction, whilst Jack, who tries to ignore her, concentrates on his criminal activities. However, a sharp detective, named Linda Fox, is following his dodgy tracks.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
2001
Distribution Company
Kino International; Filmladen Gmbh; Filmwelt Verleih; Golden Village; Karmafilms (Spain); Kino International; Kino Video; Luxor Entertainment (Russia); Ottfilm
Location
New York City, New York, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 50m

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Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Winner of the Silver Leopard (New Cinema) at the 2001 Locarno Interational Film Festival.

Released in United States August 2001

Released in United States January 2002

Released in United States June 13, 2003

Released in United States November 2002

Released in United States on Video October 28, 2003

Released in United States Summer June 6, 2003

Shown at Locarno International Film Festival (in competition) August 2-12, 2001.

Shown at Sundance Film Festival (Special Screening) in Park City, Utah January 10-20, 2002.

Released in United States January 2002 (Shown at Sundance Film Festival (Special Screening) in Park City, Utah January 10-20, 2002.)

Released in United States Summer June 6, 2003

Released in United States June 13, 2003 (Los Angeles)

Released in United States August 2001 (Shown at Locarno International Film Festival (in competition) August 2-12, 2001.)

Released in United States on Video October 28, 2003

Released in United States November 2002 (Shown at AFI/Los Angeles International Film Festival (American Directions) November 7-17, 2002.)