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Café au lait (1993) More at IMDbPro »Métisse (original title)

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Café au lait -- When fair-skinned Alan, falls for Minoushka, a beautiful and gorgeous black Creole woman, centuries of ancestral and familial decorum manage to creep through. As the romance blossoms, everyone turns against it. Things take a turn for the worse when Minoushka's dad, Armand, a hardcore racist, chases away his little girl's 'colonialist' boyfriend. A laugh riot! 

Written & Directed by: George Jiha


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December 1994 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Julie Mauduech ... Lola
Hubert Koundé ... Jamal Saddam Abossolo M'bo

Mathieu Kassovitz ... Felix

Vincent Cassel ... Max
Tadek Lokcinski ... Felix's grandfather
Jany Holt ... Felix's grandmother
Rywka Wajsbrot ... Felix's aunt
Héloïse Rauth ... Sarah
Marc Berman ... Maurice
Andrée Damant ... Maurice's mother
Berthe Bagoe ... Lola's grandmother

Jean-Pierre Cassel ... Gynecologist
Félicité Wouassi ... Nurse

Brigitte Bémol ... Jamal's girlfriend
Lydia Ewandé ... Marilyne
Béatrice Zeitoun ... Lola's friend
Camille Japy ... Felix's friend at nightclub
Jean-Claude Flamand ... Gros Relou boîte
Jean-Michel Verner ... Messenger (as Jean-Michel Lévy-Verner)
Olivier Bouana ... Messenger
Peter Kassovitz ... University's professor
David Sako ... Felix's friend
Simon Sportich ... Felix's friend
Marc Hajzblum ... Felix's friend
Peggy Hubert ... Felix's friend
Julien Israël ... Jamal's friend
Fabrice Melquiot ... Jamal's friend
Ophélie Koering ... Jamal's friend
François Toumarkine ... Cop

Anthony Souter ... Cop
Laurent Labasse ... Cop
Philippe Naud ... Doctor at nursery
Julie Vilmont ... Nurse at nursery
Christophe Rossignon ... Taxi driver
Pascal Rouyar ... Saturnin
Judes Jules Arthur ... Dumper at night club
Freddy Provost ... Taxi driver at beginning
Georges Diane ... Lola's sport trainer
David Diane ... Young
Olivier Bourbeillon ... Cop at police station
Marc Piton ... Cop at police station
Eric Pujol ... Gay cop
Pierre Aïm ... Gay cop
Philippe Rostan ... Waiter
Eric Dangremont ... Drunk tramp
Pierre Dugowson ... Young man playing basket
Stéphane Auberghen ... Welcoming nurse
Ninon Scheidweiler ... Gynecologist's secretary

Directed by
Mathieu Kassovitz 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Mathieu Kassovitz  writer

Produced by
Jacques de Clercq .... co-producer
Dimitri de Clercq .... co-producer
Adeline Lecallier .... associate producer
Alain Rocca .... associate producer
Christophe Rossignon .... producer
Original Music by
Jean-Louis Daulne 
Marie Daulne 
Cinematography by
Pierre Aïm 
Film Editing by
Colette Farrugia 
Jean-Pierre Segal 
Casting by
Florence Dugowson 
Set Decoration by
Pierre-André Roussotte 
Costume Design by
Lydie Bonnaire 
Makeup Department
Reine-Marie Montemont .... makeup artist
Production Management
Marc Piton .... production manager
Eléonore Zimmer .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sébastien Gardet .... assistant director
Eric Pujol .... first assistant director
Philippe Rostan .... second assistant director
Art Department
Carole Boulenouar .... stage props
Pierre-André Roussotte .... set dresser
Sound Department
Norbert Garcia .... sound
Thomas Gauder .... sound mixer
Julien Naudin .... sound effects
Claude Ronzeau .... sound editor
Visual Effects by
Antoine Simkine .... visual effects executive producer: Duboi
Camera and Electrical Department
Patrick Coutier .... generator operator
Georges Diane .... camera operator
Pierre Dugowson .... second assistant camera
Christophe Galvan .... electrician
Jean-Claude Hague .... key grip
Jean-Claude Neveu .... gaffer
Laurent Passera .... grip
Marie Spencer .... first assistant camera
Laurence Trémolet .... still photographer
Bernard Wuthrich .... Steadicam operator
Other crew
Cléo Daran .... sfpc coordinator
Laurette Monconduit .... press attache
Brigitte Schmouker .... script supervisor
Eva Simonet .... press attache

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Also Known As:
"Métisse" - France (original title)
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94 min
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Finnish censorship visa # 99675 delivered on 4-3-1996.See more »
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Referenced in Les 10 Ans de 'La Haine' (2005) (V)See more »
Putain de PlanèteSee more »


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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
A brilliant and captivating explosion of racial and cultural stereotypes, 21 October 2007
Author: peetwi from United States

I've never posted anything on the IMDb site, but the ridiculous comment/review of the other poster proved to be too much to resist. First off, the word "Metisse" is used, in French, to describe a mix of races. The closest translation we have to it is "Melting pot," IE a melting pot of culture. So, my good sir, 0/10 for accuracy.

Be forewarned, the movie is French, and portrays itself as thus. Our country, being fundamentally Christian and isolated by two giant oceans from the rest of the world, is quite a bit out of touch with how things are addressed and dealt with. The only formidable foreign presence we have in the States comes from Latin America. Because so many of them immigrate here illegally and come without money, it is quite easy to dismiss them as a second-rate people. This is to say that we don't have to think about them, their beliefs, and their cultural tendencies with any degree of equality quite simply because they "don't belong here" (not my belief, but that of the general populace).

The rest of the world, Europe specifically, falls outside of this situation. Especially now with such an inarguably formidable foreign population, one simply cannot "ignore" them like we do here. Considering they are there legally, have won their way, more or less, into the economic "game," and were actually invited by the European countries to immigrate, you simply can't dismiss them as "beaners."

OK, this background information goes to define the situation, and to explain the fact that racial/religious differences are much more prevalent outside of the states. Thus, racial/religious disputes tend to be much more volatile and, well, much more honest. The over saturation of political correctness in the States basically translates into the fact that no one can ever say what they really think/feel, for fear of being called racist or a bigot. Call it a cultural difference, but in terms of establishing compromises, the rest of the world has it right.

OK, so go into this movie expecting it to be a bit more intense than your average American flick. The story is charming, as are the characters. The movie tries to explode racial and religious stereotypes, which it does very well. You have the sophisticated, learned character who happens to be black and Muslim. You have the poor, "ghetto-ish" type character who is white and Jewish. Finally, you have Christian girl placed somewhere in between. She's from Martinique, rendering her skin color dark, but still much lighter than Jamal's (black guy).

Starting to see a pattern? The script, while racially provocative, is brilliantly written, as are the subtleties present throughout the duration of the movie. The monologue at the very end, orated by a french conservative fundamentalist named Le Pen, is the brilliant final stroke that finishes the captivating honesty of the film. ' I reckon that if you can't sit through this film because of the racial and religious slurs, then maybe it's because it's touching on a bit of a sensitive spot, and maybe you're afraid of what great literature/movies do: Force you to rethink your convictions and your cultural beliefs. Watch this film. You wont' be disappointed.

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