Café de Flore

November 18th, 2011


Café de Flore

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A love story between a man and woman. And between a mother and her son. A mystical and fantastical odyssey on love.

Release Year: 2011

Rating: 7.6/10 (538 voted)

Director: Jean-Marc Vallée

Stars: Vanessa Paradis, Kevin Parent, Hélène Florent

A love story between a man and woman. And between a mother and her son. A mystical and fantastical odyssey on love.

Vanessa Paradis - Jacqueline
Kevin Parent - Antoine Godin
Hélène Florent - Carole
Evelyne Brochu - Rose
Marin Gerrier - Laurent
Alice Dubois - Véronique
Evelyne de la Chenelière - Amélie
Michel Dumont - Julien Godin
Linda Smith - Louise Godin
Joanny Corbeil-Picher - Juliette
Rosalie Fortier - Angéline
Michel Laperrière - Le psychologue
Caroline Bal - La mère de Véronique
Nicolas Marié - Le père de Véronique
Pascal Elso - Paul


Official Website: Official site |

Release Date: 18 November 2011

Filming Locations: Cafe Olimpico - 124 Rue St-Viateur Ouest, Montréal, Québec, Canada

Box Office Details

Budget: $CAD10,000,000 (estimated)

Gross: $CAD1,365,524 (Canada) (30 October 2011)

Technical Specs


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.

User Review

"It's in the stars"


Firstly, disregard the two previous reviews, for they are both negative and underrate a great film. 'Cafe de Flore' is not quite for everyone, which I can understand. However if you truly want to see this film, ignore other opinions, otherwise you will miss out on a potential Oscar nomination.

There are two separate stories occurring. One is about a woman in the 1960s (Paradis) who has to raise her son on her own, because he has Down's syndrome. The other is about a music jockey named Antoine (Parent) who is ready to marry again despite the bond he shares with his ex-wife, who was also his first love. His eldest daughter purposely plays certain songs which remind him of their marriage, since the central idea is how music recalls certain memories. Every time a certain song is heard in the background, one is bound to step inside the characters memories.

The other story is the beauty of a mother-son relationship. Paradis is genuine in this role, especially being a real-life mother herself. Her makeup ages her to portray her role well. We see how she encourages her boy to learn despite his disabilities. Remember, this was an era where children like him were discriminated and often sent to institutions.

'Cafe de Flore' is truly a story about the power of love. You have to follow closely, therefore if easily distracted the flashbacks may confuse you. The constant repetition of Pink Floyd, which was also a signature band for Jean-Marc Vallee's 'C.R.A.Z.Y.', is synchronized to perfection. The visuals and acting performances are moving, as the film unfolds by layer, to at last reveal how both stories are connected.


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