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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

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

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Drama | Romance

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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 »

Quotes

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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Pictures Of You
Written by William Bransby, Simon Gallup, Robert Smith, Porl Thompson (as Paul Thompson), Laurence Tolhurst, Roger O'Donnell
Universal Music Publishing
Performed by The Cure
Authorised by Elektra/WEA & Universal Music Group
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Beautiful and touching
27 February 2012 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This film is simply beautiful.

It's not complicated. It is simply a movie about love. The images are beautiful and the actors are beautiful. The story line is just there to weave from one example of love to another. It (the movie) caresses many facets and types of love.

I stopped trying to understand what anything meant about 5 minute into the movie. I just went along for the ride. I found the movie touching - a good reminder of what life is all about.

I highly recommend it. It's a great way to pass a few hours in the presence of beautiful emotions and images.


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