Café de Flore (film)
|Café de Flore|
|Directed by||Jean-Marc Vallée|
|Written by||Jean-Marc Vallée|
|Edited by||Jean-Marc Vallée|
The film cuts between two seemingly unrelated stories. One, set in present-day Montreal, stars Kevin Parent as Antoine, a successful club DJ torn between his new girlfriend Rose (Évelyne Brochu) and his still-complicated relationship with his ex-wife Carole (Hélène Florent); the other, set in 1960s Paris, stars Vanessa Paradis as Jacqueline, the fiercely protective single mother of Laurent (Marin Gerrier), a child with Down syndrome who has a crush on Véro (Alice Dubois), a friend and companion who also has Down syndrome. The film builds toward the revelation of how the two stories are linked: after Jacqueline, Laurent, and Véro are killed in a car accident (seemingly on purpose (?), by the driver Jacqueline), Carole, Antoine, and Rose are their subsequent reincarnations.
- Vanessa Paradis as Jacqueline
- Kevin Parent as Antoine
- Évelyne Brochu as Rose
- Hélène Florent as Carole
- Marin Gerrier as Laurent
- Alice Dubois as Véro
Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a score of 63% based on reviews from 49 critics, with an average rating of 6.5 out of 10.
The film's Genie Award nominations included Best Picture, Best Actress in a Leading Role (Paradis), Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Gerrier), Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Florent), Best Director and Best Original Screenplay. Paradis won the Genie for Best Actress; the film also picked up a Genie for Achievement in Make-Up.
- Smith, Ian Hayden (2012). International Film Guide 2012. p. 82. ISBN 978-1908215017.
- "Café de Flore (2011) – Cast, crew, director and awards". The New York Times.
- "‘Café de Flore’, ‘A Dangerous Method’ lead Genie Awards race". Toronto Star, January 17, 2012.
- Café de Flore at Rotten Tomatoes.
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