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Café au lait (1993)

Métisse (original title)
Lola is pregnant. But she does not know who the father is : Jamal, the black muslim, son of diplomats, or Felix, the pennyless jewish messenger. Jamal and Felix meet at Lola's, and the race... See full summary »

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Mathieu Kassovitz
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Julie Mauduech Julie Mauduech ... Lola
Hubert Koundé ... Jamal Saddam Abossolo M'bo
Mathieu Kassovitz ... Felix
Vincent Cassel ... Max
Tadek Lokcinski Tadek Lokcinski ... Felix's grandfather
Jany Holt ... Felix's grandmother
Rywka Wajsbrot Rywka Wajsbrot ... Felix's aunt
Héloïse Rauth Héloïse Rauth ... Sarah
Marc Berman Marc Berman ... Maurice
Andrée Damant ... Maurice's mother
Berthe Bagoe Berthe Bagoe ... Lola's grandmother
Jean-Pierre Cassel ... Gynecologist
Félicité Wouassi Félicité Wouassi ... Nurse
Brigitte Bémol ... Jamal's girlfriend
Lydia Ewandé Lydia Ewandé ... Marilyne
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Lola is pregnant. But she does not know who the father is : Jamal, the black muslim, son of diplomats, or Felix, the pennyless jewish messenger. Jamal and Felix meet at Lola's, and the race begins. Written by Yepok

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Comedy | Romance

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Country:

France | Belgium

Language:

French

Release Date:

December 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Café au lait See more »

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Gross USA:

$315,420
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Stereo

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Color
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Finnish censorship visa # 99675 delivered on 4-3-1996. See more »

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References The Terminator (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Walkürenritt
Music by Richard Wagner
Performed by Wiener Philharmoniker
Conducted by Georg Solti (as Sir Georg Solti)
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Enjoyable depiction of multicultural French life
28 June 1999 | by zwirnmSee all my reviews

I wanted to make an enthusiastic recommendation for Café Au Lait, otherwise known as Métisse, a 1993 Franco-Belgian production written and directed by Mathieu Kassovitz (who did La Haine (Hate)). Kassovitz mostly explores overlapping ethnic and religious communities in modern France, and in Café Au Lait he throws them all into a very amusing and occasionally serious conflict: Muslim, Jew, Christian, black, white, native-born and immigrant. Lola (played by the adorable Julie Mauduech) is a biracial Christian with two boyfriends, one a slightly thuggish ne'er-do-well hip-hop aficionado from a poor neighborhood (Kassovitz himself, playing the Jew, Félix) and the other a refined, educated diplomat (Hubert Koundé, playing the nominally Muslim Jamal). When Lola is pregnant, she refuses to disclose which one the father is, and it becomes a slightly predictable but very nicely executed relationship comedy. Particularly good are the illustrations of contemporary French life that don't usually appear on screen.


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