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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Jean-Marc Vallée
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Vanessa Paradis ... Jacqueline / Laurent's mother
Kevin Parent ... Antoine Godin
Hélène Florent ... Carole / Antoine's ex-wife
Evelyne Brochu ... Rose / Antoine's girlfriend
Marin Gerrier Marin Gerrier ... Laurent / Jacqueline's son
Alice Dubois Alice Dubois ... Véronique / Laurent's girlfriend
Evelyne de la Chenelière Evelyne de la Chenelière ... Amélie / Carole's friend
Michel Dumont ... Julien Godin
Linda E. Smith Linda E. Smith ... Louise Godin (as Linda Smith)
Joanny Corbeil-Picher Joanny Corbeil-Picher ... Juliette
Rosalie Fortier Rosalie Fortier ... Angéline
Michel Laperrière ... Le psychologue / The psychologist
Caroline Bal Caroline Bal ... La mère de Véronique / Véronique's mother
Nicolas Marié ... Le père de Véronique / Véronique's father
Pascal Elso Pascal Elso ... Paul / hairdresser
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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.

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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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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Soundtracks

Café de Flore
Performed A cappella by Vanessa Paradis, Evelyne Brochu and Les Petits Chanteurs du Mont-Royal
Choral arrangement by Serge Arcuri
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Love Stroy at its Best!
31 July 2012 | by saadgkhanSee all my reviews

Café de Flore- Catch It (A-) Café de Floreis a beautiful French movie about LOVE. Its rarely you see a movie about Love & Soul Mates these days so Cafe De Flore is completely refreshing in bringing the purity of love. Café de Flore is 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.

Even though the movie runs in Non-Chronological manner still you would appreciate how it amalgamates two stories beautifully. I'm not huge fan of non-chronological movie because it makes you depressive like Burning Man, We Need to Talk about Kevin & Memento off course.

Vanessa Paradis gave a brilliant performance, she lived in that moment and her chemistry with the syndrome child is superb. You completely forget that it's not even real. Kevin Parent is mesmerizing and exudes passion. Can't believe that's his first outing as an actor. Evelyne Broche is beautiful & her chemistry with Kevin Parent is amazing. Helene Florent is great along with syndrome kids Marin Gerrier & Alice Dubois.

On the whole, Cafe De Flore is a beautiful heartening movie, which will bring you in tears.


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Country:

Canada | France

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

18 November 2011 (Canada) See more »

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Budget:

CAD10,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,227,259
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Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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