Café de Flore (film)

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Café de Flore
A woman holding a child in her arms, and another set of arms hugging around her waist.
Film poster
Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée
Produced by
Written by Jean-Marc Vallée
Cinematography Pierre Cottereau
Edited by Jean-Marc Vallée
Release dates
  • 2 September 2011 (2011-09-02) (Venice Film Festival)
Running time
120 minutes
Country Canada
Language French

Café de Flore is a Canadian drama film, released in 2011. Directed, written, and edited by Jean-Marc Vallée,[1][2] the film garnered 13 nominations for the 2012 Genie Awards.[3]


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, Carole, Antoine, and Rose are their subsequent reincarnations.



Critical response[edit]

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.[4]


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.[3] Paradis won the Genie for Best Actress; the film also picked up a Genie for Achievement in Make-Up and Visual Effects. Prix Jutra for Best Actress (Paradise), Cinematography and Art Direction.


  1. ^ Smith, Ian Hayden (2012). International Film Guide 2012. p. 82. ISBN 978-1908215017. 
  2. ^ "Café de Flore (2011) – Cast, crew, director and awards". The New York Times. 
  3. ^ a b "‘Café de Flore’, ‘A Dangerous Method’ lead Genie Awards race". Toronto Star, January 17, 2012.
  4. ^ Café de Flore at Rotten Tomatoes.

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