Cafe de flore

Cafe de flore

DVD - 2012 | French
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From 1960's Paris to present-day Montreal comes an epic love story. It is somber, troubling and luminous all at once and yet filled with hope. Colored with hues of fantasy and bathed in a surrealistic light, Cafe de Flore tells the story of the intertwining destinies of Jacqueline, a young Parisian mother of a special child and Antoine, a Montreal DJ and the women in his life. What binds them all is love: troubling, clumsy, imperfect, unattainable, and ultimately, human.

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lotuslori_8 May 25, 2017

A wonderful film about two women who both have an intense love, one for her son and the other for her childhood sweetheart, and how they cope with losing these loves of their lives.

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singidunum_25
Mar 03, 2017

This was a movie about love and not so perfect individuals. Very good indie movie from Canadian director Jean-Marc Vallee, who gave us wonderful movies like C.R.A.Z.Y, Wild, Demolition, The Younge Victoria, Dallas Buyers Club and etc. Check them all, great talent!

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QnVz
Jun 16, 2016

I wish I had read the reviews on this one first. It was very different and left us in shock. While I understand not all movies have "fairy tale endings", I was not prepared for this one. High stars for portrayals and stories...it was shocking. And yes, did not expect the full nudity in the scenes or deep emotions it evoked.

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JoaBiblio
Jun 07, 2016

Still reeling from the film.
Plot well developed, strong characters. Wonderful actors and superb music.
As a viewer had to get to the end to connect the dots.
After that, the only thought is to watch again the film.
Thumbs up!

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francofolies
Jan 04, 2016

Brilliant, very unusual , music and acting are extraordinary, especially Vanessa Paradis.
The ending is very strong , you have to let go your thoughts about reincarnation and you wil love it !

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Ron@Ottawa
Nov 22, 2013

Two stories happening in parallel, one in Paris and one in Montreal. Plenty of jumping-back-and-forth in time totally confuses the audience, making the plot hard to follow at places. It is a classical case of style over substance. Definitely a lesser film from Jean-Marc Vallée, a capable director from Quebec. Subtitles.

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chanelsurfer
Aug 20, 2013

Interesting parallels are drawn between love triangles in two different times. In one, a mother is devoted to and fiercely protective of her son who has Down syndrome. Their interactions are lovely to see. In the more recent time period, a man with a new girlfriend still has a deeply-felt connection to his ex-wife who was his childhood sweetheart. The tune, Cafe de Flore, is an anthem in both time periods. The reveal at the end is haunting and tragic.

voisjoe1 Feb 03, 2013

In Quebec, our male protagonist passes about 20 to 30 kids with Downs Syndrome at the airport as he gets ready to board a plane to Paris. Then in a flashback of 40 years earlier, an "unrelated" woman in Paris gives birth to a Downs Syndrome baby. As the 2 scenes are 40 years and a continent apart, those Downs persons cannot be the same or even likely related in the normal sense, but the airport sighting must be a clue to something. The film consists of two different sets of menage a trois. The Canadian one consists of three adults. The Parisian one consists of two kids and an adult, but the love relationships of this second trio are platonic. Each set reveals highly emotional loving relationships. I do not need the hokey reincarnation theory to appreciate the various love relationships.

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sekosan
Jan 26, 2013

i did not enjoy this film

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8217549
Jan 24, 2013

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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Ron@Ottawa
Nov 22, 2013

Sexual Content: Some nudity and sexual scenes.

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