The Republic of Love

Directed by Deepa Mehta
Film Movement
96 Minutes
Canada, United Kingdom
Comedy, Romance
Not Rated
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Based on a novel by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Carol Shields, The Republic of Love is a romantic comedy about the barriers facing the lucky and the unlucky-in-love in the 21st century. Tom is a charismatic late-night radio talk show host whose unconventional upbringing has made him a little too quick to fall in love. Fay is an academic whose expectations are impossibly high as a result of the living perfection that is her parents’ marriage. The characters connect in a maze of malls, condos and family homes, underpinning the idea that ‘geography is destiny’ and that each of us has our own ‘republic’, where lives intersect.


  • Bruce Greenwood
  • Emilia Fox
  • Edward Fox
  • Jackie Burroughs
DVD Features

Bonus short: Persistence, directed by James Culliane

Sound: Stereo 2.0 and 5.1 Surround Sound

Discs: 1

  • Highest Rating
    "Mehta's confidently crafted film is more intelligent and serious than your standard romantic comedy."
    Dan Jardine, Cinemania
  • Highest Rating
    "...remains entertaining because of the two stars, both of whom give incredibly charismatic performances."
    David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
  • Highest Rating
    "There is much to quietly savour here."
    Bruce Kirkland, Jam! Movies
  • Highest Rating
    "The charisma of the cast goes a long way to bring warmth to this story of winter love."
    Liam Lacey, Toronto Globe and Mail
  • Highest Rating
    "As one of Canada’s best, rangiest and handsomest thesps, Greenwood has a wonderful time playing what his Tom calls “a normal guy,” while Fox is a perfect match, projecting an electric combination of passion and intelligence."
    Robert Koehler, Variety

Awards & Recognition

Official Selection
Toronto Int'l Film Festival
Official Selection
Atlantic Film Festival

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