Café de Flore (2011)

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A love story between a man and woman. And between a mother and her son. A mystical and fantastical odyssey on love.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Antoine Godin
Hélène Florent ...
Marin Gerrier ...
Alice Dubois ...
Evelyne de la Chenelière ...
Michel Dumont ...
Julien Godin
Linda Smith ...
Louise Godin
Joanny Corbeil-Picher ...
Rosalie Fortier ...
Michel Laperrière ...
Le psychologue
Caroline Bal ...
La mère de Véronique
Nicolas Marié ...
Le père de Véronique
Pascal Elso ...


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Release Date:

18 November 2011 (Canada)  »

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CAD 10,000,000 (estimated)

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Director and writer Jean-Marc Vallée originally wanted Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven" as part of the film's soundtrack, however while Jimmy Page eventually agreed to its use, Robert Plant nixed the idea. See more »


La médium: The meeting of twin flames is when the soul finds its other half on the path homeward, to the source.The cycle of reincarnation ends. It's the final relationship that leads to unity.
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A Unique and Rewarding Film Experience
8 December 2011 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

If you can make the leap of faith required in the final portion of the movie, this is a beautiful, haunting work that will stay with you long after you have left the theater. There is no question that this movie asks a lot of one's suspension of disbelief. But I think that movie goers should give it the benefit of a doubt. This is a very unconventional love story, and it may be the most thoughtful movie every made about the idea that one person can be another person's soul mate. The tension of course arises when what does one do when one finds a deeper, more meaningful soul mate. This is a complex work with a totally different way of investigating its romantic themes. It uses music beautifully as a thread that joins elements of the film together, binding emotional themes together and providing transitions between the two stories that it tells. I can't think of another movie that finds such an unique approach to telling its tale.It is also the best Canadian film that I have seen in years. One of the very best movies of the year.

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