Love the Hard Way

Directed By: Peter Sehr Starring: Charlotte Ayanna Adrien Brody

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Gritty and powerful... worth buying!

by Christian on 9/25/2004

I loved it, but it was hard to watch. The basic story is of a destructive romantic relationship between a petty con artist (Brody) and a college girl with a bright mind and too much love to give (Charlotte Ayanna). Of course, the relationship goes south in a hurry, and we see Ayanna's character fall pretty fast, which is the part that's hard to watch. At one point I considered turning off the movie, but I was desperately hoping that they would both turn it around. I won't ruin the movie for you, but I highly recommend seeing it. The beauty of the film was in the realness of it - I could actually envision myself in their positions. And this reality is what makes it so tough to watch. The icing on the cake was the fantastic music, but don't count on finding these little-known masterpieces on Kazaa... the studio has never released a soundtrack for the movie. Interestingly enough, the music was selected by Brody himself, who had planned on remixing the soundtrack but was called away to the set of The Piano instead.

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On the heels of his Academy Award triumph, 2002 Best Actor Oscar winner Adrien Brody (The Pianist, The Thin Red Line) is electrifying as Jack, a dark hearted, smooth operating con-man with a poet's soul.

By night, Jack and his partner Charlie (Jon Seda, Oz, Selena) masquerade as vice cops to pull risky scams on Manhattan tourists, while by day Jack secretly crafts a pulp novel culled from the experiences and emotions that define his shady life. But Jack's streetwise strut and snakeskin jacket charm prove no match for Claire (Charlotte Ayanna, Training Day), a beautiful, straight-laced grad student who sees through Jack's lone wolf exterior to the vulnerable, volatile man within.

Helpless in the face of Jack's charisma, Claire finds herself drawn into his secret world of back alley shadows and seedy hotel rooms -- a muted whirlpool of true love, false loyalty, and whispered lies that could claim more than just Claire's heart. With Jack barely a step ahead of 70s blaxploitation icon Pam Grier's (Coffy, Jackie Brown) Det. Linda Fox, the couple's modern fairytale romance threatens to careen into an all too real tough-luck nightmare of self-destructive obsession and degradation.

A hard-hitting but exquisitely tender love story from German director Peter Sehr (Kaspar Hauser), Love the Hard Way offers a unique glimpse into the rhythms and temptations of underworld Manhattan. Adrien Brody's infectious pitch-perfect characterization of Jack transforms Love the Hard Way into an unforgettable urban aria of a life too wild and a love too deep.


Studio Kino Video
SKU 40228398
UPC 738329031626
UPC 14 00738329031626
Format DVD
Release Date 7/31/2007
Love Affairs
New York City
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Stylish, gritty, and utterly New York City, LOVE THE HARD WAY is a slice-of-life film that pairs two total opposites in a test of wills. Jack (Adrien Brody) is a cocky young bad boy, living in a loft in the Bronx, driving a rundown car, listening to loud hip-hop, and running small scams with a close-knit group of two-bit criminals. He struts the streets with his cell phone in hand, making appointments and always thinking about the next job. A chance meeting leads to a few dates with a fresh young woman, Claire (Charlotte Ayanna), who works afternoons at a movie theater and otherwise studies biology at Columbia University. Claire is more serious than Jack, and instantly makes demands on him. She cramps his style and he does everything in his power to dump her. But she clings on. Finally, in a twisted reversal of roles, everything changes and both of their worlds are thrown into shock and chaos. Meanwhile, the cops are moving in on Jack's operation, and Claire's grades are on the line. Peter Sehr writes, directs, and produces this offbeat love story that casts New York City in a splendorous light, featuring popular locations such as the Columbia University campus and Canal Street's The Screening Room.
New York Times "...Mr. Brody gets to pull his best acting trick and melt his features into an appearance of trembling, moist-eyed poetic vulnerability..." 06/06/2003 p.E14
Chicago Sun-Times "...It is daring and inventive, and worthy of comparison with the films of a French master of criminal psychology like Jean-Pierre Melville..." 06/27/2003 p.34
Peter Sehr
Charlotte Ayanna
Adrien Brody
Cast & Crew
Charlotte Ayanna - Star
Adrien Brody - Star
Jon Seda - Star
August Diehl - Star
Pam Grier - Star
Wolfram Tichy - Producer
Peter Sehr - Screenwriter
Marie Noelle - Screenwriter
Susan Jacobs - Music
Guy DuFaux - Director of Photography
Peter Sehr - Producer
Dahoud Darien - Music
Peter Sehr - Director
Technical Info
Catalog ID 3162
UPC 00738329031626
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 104 minutes
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1
Product Attributes
Actor Brody,Adrien
Label Kino International
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Stephen Holden, The New York Times Sexy...bracing...hard-boiled....
Ebert & Roeper Two BIG thumbs up!

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