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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:
Marin Gerrier ...
Alice Dubois ...
Evelyne de la Chenelière ...
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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Healing a broken heart isn't easy. Sometimes it takes a lifetime...or two.


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: Do you believe in soulmates? I do. I like the concept that there is somebody who is supposed to be with you forever.
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Written by Jon Thor Birgisson, Orri P. Dyrason (as Orri Pall Dyrason), Georg Holm, Kjartan Sveinsson
Universal Music Publishing
Performed by Sigur Rós
Authorised by Beggars Group
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Just another narcissistic tale
8 February 2014 | by See all my reviews

This film is visually beautiful, the acting superb. However, I don't recommend it. The "mystical" connection between the two story lines absolutely does not work. The story line with Jacqueline is touching, and occupies far too little of the screen time. Vanessa Paradis is amazing, and her interactions with her son are touching and sad, as you recognize her life revolves completely around him as see struggles to raise him alone after his father leaves. On the other hand, I found the misogynistic tale of Antoine very off-putting. A narcissistic man leaves his beautiful, intelligent wife of 20 years for a vapid, tattooed, insecure younger woman with whom he appears to have no common interest other than sex. How original. Great role model he is for his teenage daughter, who hates him, by the way. Big surprise. Unfortunately, the daughter is the only female who stands up to him and calls him out for the cochon that he is. The other women in his life are just waiting with bated breath to see whether he chooses to allow them to continue making him the center of their worlds. I am really tired of this story line having seen it too many times, and I didn't enjoy this film as a result.

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