Café de Flore

  • 15
  • Jean-Marc Vallée (2011)
  • Can / Fr
  • 120 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
5 out of 5

Haunting and heartbreaking, director Jean-Marc Vallée's romantic drama is an electrifying multilayered experience. The struggle faced by a mother of a boy with Down's syndrome in 1969 Paris (a remarkable performance from Vanessa Paradis) is interwoven with the globetrotting life of a present-day Montreal DJ (singer/songwriter Kevin Parent) whose ex-wife just can't let go of her soulmate. Both intriguing stories eventually connect with a shattering genre-bending assurance that asks big questions about the power of love, parenting skills and the paranormal. Just like Vallée's breakthrough hit CRAZY, music is a vital element to the mix, with Matthew Herbert's title track and selections from Sigur Rós, the Cure and Pink Floyd fitting perfectly with Vallée's images. Bold and uncompromising, passionate and profound, this is an intoxicating triumph that bristles with sly innovation.

Plot Summary

In 1969, a single mother raises a son with Down's Syndrome. When she is told he is unlikely to live past 25, she resolves to make his short life as happy as possible. In 2011, a famous DJ secretly longs to leave his girlfriend and return to his ex-wife. Gradually, a connection between the two stories emerges. Drama, with Vanessa Paradis and Kevin Parent. In French.

Cast and crew

Cast

Jacqueline
Vanessa Paradis
Antoine Godin
Kevin Parent
Carole
Hélène Florent
Rose
Evelyne Brochu
Laurent
Marin Gerrier
Véronique
Alice Dubois
Amélie
Evelyne de la Chenelière
Julien Godin
Michel Dumont
Juliette
Joanny Corbeil-Picher
Angéline
Rosalie Fortier

Crew

Director
Jean-Marc Vallée

Other Information

Language: 
French
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Momentum Pictures
Guidance: 
Swearing, sex scenes, drug abuse, nudity.
Available on DVD
Released 11 May 2012
Certificate 15
Categories
Drama

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