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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 ...


A love story about people separated by time and place but connected in profound and mysterious ways. Atmospheric, fantastical, tragic and hopeful, the film chronicles the parallel fates of Jacqueline, a young mother with a disabled son in 1960s Paris, and Antoine, a recently divorced, successful DJ in present day Montreal. What binds the two stories together is love - euphoric, obsessive, tragic, youthful, timeless love. In 1960s Paris, a working class woman gives birth to her first child, Laurent - a Down Syndrome son. Undaunted she embraces the challenge of raising her beloved offspring as normally as one would any other child. Her husband abandons them both. She bravely brushes this additional hiccup aside as Laurent replaces her spouse as the perfect man of her dreams. As Laurent approaches school age Jacqueline's aplomb becomes obsessive and cloying. Her increasingly self-destructive attachment to her son is raised to a fever pitch when, at the age of seven, he meets a Down ... Written by Production

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Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

18 November 2011 (Canada)  »

Also Known As:

Ruh Esim  »

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CAD 10,000,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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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 »


Antoine Godin: If it's a soulmate, it's not supposed to end, right? It doesn't happen twice in a lifetime.
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Written by Sigur Rós
Performed by Sigur Rós
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Amazing, Amazing, Amazing.
8 November 2011 | by (West Hollywood) – See all my reviews

All i can say is that I loved this film. Just saw it last night. it's a challenging, intriguing, mesmerizing, intoxicating look at love through two intertwined, overlapping stories -- set in past and present and both in different time periods -- about a man going through a divorce and the mother of a down's syndrome child. You can't explain it. You have to experience it. And whether you believe in past lives or not (i don't and the director says he doesn't either), you will go on an unsettling emotional journey watching this visually stunning, amazingly acted movie. Vanessa Paradis is heartbreaking and almost unrecognizable. The addictive Cafe de Flore music inspired the director to write, direct and edit this film himself. The score is modern, mind-blowing but also includes some classic rock, including some from Pink Floyd.

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