Café de Flore

Café de Flore

Café de Flore

French-Canadian drama examining two disparate stories of love, transitioning from 1960s Paris to modern-day Montreal. From the director of The Young Victoria.

"Set in present-day Montreal, the first story centres on Antoine (Kevin Parent), a successful DJ and divorced father of two girls who is wildly infatuated with his girlfriend Rose (Evelyne Brochu). However, he still has feelings for his ex, Carole (Hélène Florent). The second story takes place in Paris, 1969. Jacqueline (Vanessa Paradis) is the fiercely devoted single mother of Laurent, a young boy with Down's syndrome. Their days are rituals of school drop-offs, affectionate kisses and Laurent’s constant request to listen to the jazz album Café de flore. When a young girl, also with Down's syndrome, joins Laurent’s class, Jacqueline’s tightly woven world begins to fray." (Toronto International Film Festival 2011)

Winner of Best Actress, Make-Up and Visual Effects at the 2012 Genie Awards (Canadian Academy Awards).
2011Rating: MA15+121 minsCanada, FranceFrench with English subtitles
DramaRomanceWorld Cinema
85%
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Reviews & comments

TOUCHING

Worth watching for the performance of Vanessa Paradis.

3.0

Proof that a film can be romantic yet not cheesy

Cafe de Flore is a film of heartfelt emotion and spiritual resonance, and establishes Jean-Marc Vallee as one of the best young filmmakers working today. This film is a great example of a director with supreme confidence in his visuals, approach to music (which is used not solely as soundtrack but as a character itself), and also with its themes. There are...

5.0
Variety

Variety

press

[A] loose-limbed, emotionally complex work.

Total Film

Total Film

press

An overlong, emotionally shallow study of so-called 'twin flames', possible reincarnation and learning to let go of love.

2.0
Time Magazine

Time Magazine

press

The film is generous to all its besotted creatures, and to the audience as well. Viewers who fall in love with Café de Flore will find that it loves them back.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Remove the subtitles, and it's one of Cameron Crowe's head-in-the-clouds dramas, as scripted by M Night Shyamalan...

1.0
Little White Lies

Little White Lies

press

Disappointing, frustrating nonsense.

1.0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Young Victoria director Vallée tackles something altogether more complex with equal flair, even if his two storylines never quite gel.

3.0
Variety

Variety

press

[A] loose-limbed, emotionally complex work.

Total Film

Total Film

press

An overlong, emotionally shallow study of so-called 'twin flames', possible reincarnation and learning to let go of love.

2.0
Time Magazine

Time Magazine

press

The film is generous to all its besotted creatures, and to the audience as well. Viewers who fall in love with Café de Flore will find that it loves them back.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Remove the subtitles, and it's one of Cameron Crowe's head-in-the-clouds dramas, as scripted by M Night Shyamalan...

1.0
Little White Lies

Little White Lies

press

Disappointing, frustrating nonsense.

1.0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Young Victoria director Vallée tackles something altogether more complex with equal flair, even if his two storylines never quite gel.

3.0

TOUCHING

Worth watching for the performance of Vanessa Paradis.

3.0

Proof that a film can be romantic yet not cheesy

Cafe de Flore is a film of heartfelt emotion and spiritual resonance, and establishes Jean-Marc Vallee as one of the best young filmmakers working today. This film is a great example of a director with supreme confidence in his visuals, approach to music (which is used not solely as soundtrack but as a character itself), and also with its themes. There...

5.0