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Café de Flore (2011)

  • Rate: 7.2/10 total 975 votes 
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: 18 November 2011 (Canada)
  • Runtime: 120 min
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  • IMDb page: Café de Flore (2011)
  • Rate: 7.2/10 total 975 votes 
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: 18 November 2011 (Canada)
  • Runtime: 120 min
  • Filming Location: Cafe Olimpico – 124 Rue St-Viateur Ouest, Montréal, Québec, Canada
  • Budget: $CAD10,000,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $CAD863,821(Canada)(10 October 2011)
  • Director: Jean-Marc Vallée
  • Stars: Vanessa Paradis, Kevin Parent and Hélène Florent
  • Plot Keyword: Love | Nonlinear Timeline | Mother Son Relationship | School | Divorced Man

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • Jean-Marc Vallée  written by

Known Trivia

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

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

    FullCast & Crew

    Produced By:

    • Nicolas Coppermann known as co-producer
    • Pierre Even known as producer
    • Vanessa Fourgeaud known as co-producer
    • Nicole Hilaréguy known as line producer: Canada
    • Marie-Claude Poulin known as producer
    • Jean-Yves Robin known as co-producer
    • Marco Stanimirovic known as line producer: France
    • Jean-Marc Vallée known as co-producer

    FullCast & Crew:

    • Vanessa Paradis known as Jacqueline
    • Kevin Parent known as Antoine Godin
    • Hélène Florent known as Carole
    • Evelyne Brochu known as Rose
    • Marin Gerrier known as Laurent
    • Alice Dubois known as Véronique
    • Evelyne de la Chenelière known as Amélie
    • Michel Dumont known as Julien Godin
    • Linda Smith known as Louise Godin
    • Joanny Corbeil-Picher known as Juliette
    • Rosalie Fortier known as Angéline
    • Michel Laperrière known as Le psychologue
    • Caroline Bal known as La mère de Véronique
    • Nicolas Marié known as Le père de Véronique
    • Pascal Elso known as Paul
    • Jérôme Kircher known as Louis
    • Claire Vernet known as La directrice d'école
    • Manon Balthazar known as L'institutrice
    • Émile Vallée known as Antoine (14 ans)
    • Chanel Fontaine known as Carole (14 ans)
    • Emmanuelle Beaugrand-Champagne known as La médium
    • Misstress Barbara known as DJ Piknic Electronik
    • Luc Raymond known as DJ Loft
    • Yves Perreault known as Lecteur AA
    • Jean-Marc Vallée known as Le voisin
    • Antoine Duchesneau known as Jeune cousin
    • Axel Racette known as Enfant voiture
    • Caroline Gilbert known as Mère enfant trisomique
    • Lucas Bonin known as Enfant trisomique
    • Juliette G. Even known as Nadine
    • Jonathan De Pinho known as Garde royal (jeune)
    • Jean-Pierre Hilaréguy known as Garde royal
    • Annick Desmarais known as Agent de bord
    • Catherine Laferrière-Faubert known as L'acupunctrice
    • Yves Fortin known as Le photographe du mariage
    • Franck Mercadal known as Professeur de diction
    • Baptiste Delas known as Charles
    • Dominique Foure known as Femme salon de coiffure (as Dominique Fouré)
    • Fabienne Mésenge known as Mère du camarade de Laurent
    • Jean-Yves Roan known as Le médecin
    • Richard Chevallier known as Entraîneur de boxe
    • Marc Galtié known as Homme du métro
    • Catherine Giron known as Secrétaire de l'école
    • Raphaël Maillot known as Laurent (3 mois)
    • Mathis Caffa known as Laurent (6 mois)
    • Tristan Fasquel known as Laurent (2 ans)
    • Baptiste Gouwy known as Laurent (4 ans)
    • Ulrick Fabrowski known as Doublure Laurent
    • Tennessee Maquignon known as Doublure Véronique
    • Ophélie Huyet known as Doublure Carole
    • Zoé Lamontagne known as Doublure Amélie
    • Yvon Aucoin known as Jardinier (uncredited)
    • Mathieu Dufresne known as Avocat (uncredited)
    • Marc Fournier known as Avocat (uncredited)
    • Amy Khoury known as Danseuse (uncredited)
    • Nicolas Laliberté known as Jeune cycliste (uncredited)
    • Johanne Loiselle known as Postière (uncredited)
    • Lise Sita known as Femme (uncredited)

    ..

     

    Supporting Department

    Makeup Department:
    • Caroline Aquin known as makeup artist: tattoos, Canada
    • Frédéric Birault known as key hair stylist: France
    • Marianne Bobet known as daily makeup artist
    • Sandro Di Gioacchino known as hair stylist: Canada
    • Christiane Fattori known as makeup designer: Canada
    • Catherine Lahaye known as makeup artist: Canada
    • Christine Larocque known as wig maker: Canada
    • Frédéric Marin known as key makeup artist: France
    • Ghislaine Sant known as key hair stylist: Canada

    Art Department:

    • Carole Arpin known as on-set props
    • Julie Assalet known as set dresser trainee: Paris
    • Kali Berthet known as key painter: Paris
    • Pascal Bisson known as carpenter
    • Pierre-Jean Boissard known as construction manager: Paris
    • André Boisvert known as painter
    • Nicolas Brechat known as props: Paris
    • Gino Carrier known as carpenter
    • Benoit Cool known as carpenter
    • Philippe De Berger known as painter
    • Matthieu Degeorges known as key carpenter: Paris
    • Hélène Dubreuil known as assistant set decorator: Paris
    • Louis Fortin known as construction coordinator
    • Antoine Galinié known as props: Paris
    • Stephane Guerreau known as builder: Paris
    • Catherine Gélinas known as key dresser
    • Martin Handfield known as on-set property master
    • Marine Israel known as first assistant art director: Paris
    • Geneviève Legault known as art department coordinator
    • Hugues Letellier known as assistant art director
    • Schéhérazade MacKenzie Main known as painter: Paris
    • Antonio Nogueira known as property manager: Paris
    • Jean-Francois Poupart known as graphic designer
    • Elia Garcia Quijada known as painter
    • Julie Robert known as property master
    • Katell Rolland known as builder: Paris
    • Jérôme Tarby known as construction coordinator: Paris
    • Aneymone Wilhelm known as assistant set decorator trainee: Paris (as Aneymone Wylhem)

    ..

     

    Company

    Production Companies:

    • Item 7
    • Monkey Pack Films
    • Banque Postale Image 4 (in association with)
    • Canal+ (with the participation of)
    • Ciné+ (with the participation of)
    • Coficup (in association with)
    • Crazy Films
    • Soficinéma 7 (in association with)

    Other Companies:

    • Bons Petits Plats  catering
    • Charcuterie de France  catering
    • Dolby Laboratories  sound mix
    • Fonds Quebecor  funding
    • Goldcrest Post Production London  sound post-production
    • Kngfu  web design
    • Société de Développement des Entreprises Culturelles (SODEC)  funding
    • Téléfilm Canada  funding

    Distributors:

    • Alliance Vivafilm (2011) (Canada) (theatrical)
    • Adopt Films (2012) (USA) (theatrical)
    • Cinéart (2012) (Belgium) (theatrical)
    • Cinéart (2012) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
    • Filmcoopi Zürich (2012) (Switzerland) (theatrical)
    • Icon Film Distribution (2012) (Australia) (theatrical)
    • UGC Distribution (2012) (France) (theatrical)
    • Bir Film (2012) (Turkey) (all media)
    • Fandango (2012) (Italy) (all media)
    • Golem Distribución (2012) (Spain) (all media)
    • Seven Films (2012) (Greece) (all media)
    • TF1 Films International (2012) (France) (all media)

    ..

     

    Other Stuff

    Special Effects:

    • Fake Studio (VFX)

    Visual Effects by:

    • Stephanie Broussaud known as colorist assist
    • Marc Cote known as visual effects supervisor
    • Daniel Coupal known as digital compositor
    • Claire Coutelle known as visual effects
    • Vincent Dudouet known as digital compositor: Fake Studio
    • Nicolas Gaffiero known as cg modeler
    • Florian Grenier known as digital compositor
    • Simon Mercier known as layout
    • Veronique Messier Lauzon known as visual effects coordinator
    • Cynthia Mourou known as visual effects producer
    • Éric Normandin known as digital artist
    • Martin Pensa known as visual effects artist
    • Luc Sanfaçon known as visual effects artist
    • Patrick Tasse known as digital compositor
    • Sylvain Theroux known as visual effects supervisor
    • Nathalie Tremblay known as digital compositor
    • Hubert Zapalowicz known as digital artist

    Release Date:

    • Italy 2 September 2011 (Venice Film Festival)
    • Canada 12 September 2011 (Toronto International Film Festival)
    • Canada 19 September 2011 (Cinémagique)
    • Canada 22 September 2011 (Atlantic Film Festival)
    • USA 6 November 2011 (AFI Fest)
    • France 15 November 2011 (Paris Semaine du Cinéma du Québec)
    • Canada 18 November 2011
    • USA 6 January 2012 (Palm Springs International Film Festival)
    • France 25 January 2012
    • Switzerland 25 January 2012 (French speaking region)
    • Sweden 28 January 2012 (Göteborg International Film Festival)
    • Belgium 1 February 2012
    • UK 17 February 2012 (Glasgow Film Festival)
    • Greece 1 March 2012
    • Israel 15 March 2012
    • Switzerland 19 April 2012 (German speaking region)
    • Australia 25 April 2012
    • Netherlands 3 May 2012
    • Russia 3 May 2012
    • Ireland 11 May 2012
    • UK 11 May 2012
    • New Zealand 21 June 2012

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    Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database


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    7 Comments

    1. Karina Licursi from Canada
      29 Mar 2012, 5:11 pm

      Firstly, disregard the two previous reviews, for they are both negativeand 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 Oscarnomination.

      There are two separate stories occurring. One is about a woman in the1960s (Paradis) who has to raise her son on her own, because he hasDown's syndrome. The other is about a music jockey named Antoine(Parent) who is ready to marry again despite the bond he shares withhis ex-wife, who was also his first love. His eldest daughter purposelyplays certain songs which remind him of their marriage, since thecentral idea is how music recalls certain memories. Every time acertain song is heard in the background, one is bound to step insidethe characters memories.

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

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

    2. Howard Schumann from Vancouver, B.C.
      29 Mar 2012, 5:11 pm

      "If you love something, let it go. If it comes back to you, it's yoursforever. If it doesn't, it wasn't meant to be." – Anonymous

      Love is about holding on to someone, but it is also about knowing whento let go. This theme defines Jean-Marc Vallée's Café de flore, hissecond film since the 2005 hit C.R.A.Z.Y., and one of the most poignantfilms in recent memory. Not only does Café de flore repeat Vallée'searlier success, but goes far beyond it in its extraordinary ability tocapture the intensity of deeply-felt human emotion. The title refersnot to the famous Paris café, but to a jazzy song with the same namethat serves as a connection between each of the film's two parallelstories. In addition to the title song, music plays a large role in thefilm as it did in C.R.A.Z.Y. with songs from Pink Floyd, Sigur Rós, andThe Cure supporting key points in the narrative.

      Unfolding with a non-linear script that includes multiple flashbacks,flash-forwards, and cross-cutting, the stories take place in two timeperiods over forty years apart. In the present day, Antoine (KevinParent) is a well-to-do middle-aged disc jockey who lives in a suburbanhome with his partner Rose (Evelyne Brochu) and his two daughters froma former marriage (Joanny Corbeil-Picher, Rosalie Fortier). Everythinglooks wonderful on the surface except that Antoine is visiting apsychiatrist to handle his feelings about what he feels is betrayal ofhis family. Antoine's first wife Carole (Hélène Florent) is distraughtand yearns for reconciliation with the man she has always thought of asher soul mate since they came together as teenagers out of a sharedlove of music.

      Carole is urged by friends to let go of Antoine and move on, but she isobsessed with getting him back, telling her friend, "I've never kissedanother man." She takes drugs to help her sleep, sleepwalks in themiddle of the night, and has dreams and waking visions of a strangewoman in Paris many years ago experiencing a similar pain in herrelationship. To help her understand her visions, Carole visits aspiritual adviser who tells her that her dreams are not a coincidence.The parallel story is set in Paris in 1969, Jacqueline (VanessaParadis), a single mother cares for her young son Laurent (Lucas Bonin)who was born with Down's syndrome. She was abandoned by her husbandafter Laurent's birth because he did not want to be a "missionary."

      Jacqueline is a devoted mother, showering her son with love, andintending to ensure that he lives past the norm of twenty-five yearsfor a person with his condition. When she enrolls him in a normalschool, she constantly protects him from bullies and also from teacherswho are not willing or able to deal with him. Jacqueline wants to trainLaurent to defend himself by learning how to box but, when he rebels atthe idea, she teaches him to strike back through words which he uses topeak efficiency at the right moment.

      When Laurent is seven, he develops a close attachment to Veronique,another Down's syndrome child, an attachment that threatens hismother's obsessive protection and leads to an unforeseen turn in theirrelationship. Café de flore is a passionately performed and spirituallyresonant film, one of the best I've seen this year. Reminiscent ofTerence Malick's Tree of Life with its voice-overs reflecting the innerthoughts of the characters, it is a haunting experience and themystical connection between its two stories will keep you in a DonnieDarko-like state of puzzlement long into the night and beyond.

    3. tgreen-233-175311 from Canada
      29 Mar 2012, 5:11 pm

      If you can make the leap of faith required in the final portion of themovie, this is a beautiful, haunting work that will stay with you longafter you have left the theater. There is no question that this movieasks a lot of one's suspension of disbelief. But I think that moviegoers should give it the benefit of a doubt. This is a veryunconventional love story, and it may be the most thoughtful movieevery made about the idea that one person can be another person's soulmate. The tension of course arises when what does one do when one findsa deeper, more meaningful soul mate. This is a complex work with atotally different way of investigating its romantic themes. It usesmusic beautifully as a thread that joins elements of the film together,binding emotional themes together and providing transitions between thetwo stories that it tells. I can't think of another movie that findssuch an unique approach to telling its tale.It is also the bestCanadian film that I have seen in years. One of the very best movies ofthe year.

    4. Ana Maria A
      29 Mar 2012, 5:11 pm

      Amazing. Amazing. Amazing. I usually dislike indie films and their lackof plot (Las Acacias) or often, even endings.

      This was a real movie, about real emotions, and really imperfectindividuals. Beautiful energy as added with the music, the emotionswere aptly and strongly felt with its aid.

      The subplot of past lives makes one wonder whether or not one believesin it, and if so how much? Just breathtaking. Even if you don't love itas much as I do, it is a worthy film worth viewing and giving an openhearted chance to. Who knows? You might be moved, you hard nosedcynicist, you :)

    5. Philippe Theriault from Canada
      29 Mar 2012, 5:11 pm

      This film is simply beautiful.

      It's not complicated. It is simply a movie about love. The images arebeautiful and the actors are beautiful. The story line is just there toweave from one example of love to another. It (the movie) caresses manyfacets and types of love.

      I stopped trying to understand what anything meant about 5 minute intothe movie. I just went along for the ride. I found the movie touching -a good reminder of what life is all about.

      I highly recommend it. It's a great way to pass a few hours in thepresence of beautiful emotions and images.

    6. elizabeth-snead from West Hollywood
      29 Mar 2012, 5:11 pm

      All i can say is that I loved this film. Just saw it last night. it's achallenging, intriguing, mesmerizing, intoxicating look at love throughtwo intertwined, overlapping stories — set in past and present andboth in different time periods — about a man going through a divorceand the mother of a down's syndrome child. You can't explain it. Youhave to experience it. And whether you believe in past lives or not (idon't and the director says he doesn't either), you will go on anunsettling emotional journey watching this visually stunning, amazinglyacted movie. Vanessa Paradis is heartbreaking and almostunrecognizable. The addictive Cafe de Flore music inspired the directorto write, direct and edit this film himself. The score is modern,mind-blowing but also includes some classic rock, including some fromPink Floyd.

    7. cultfilmfan from Canada
      29 Mar 2012, 5:11 pm

      Café de Flore is a Canadian and French film in French with Englishsubtitles. The film focuses on a number of different stories that seemto be connected somehow, but what remains true in all of them and isthe focus and I think I should say, goal of the movie is to show lovein various different forms. The film shows a young mother's love of herson who lives with Down syndrome, the film shows a 40 year old DJ whoseems to have just fallen out of love with what he thought was his soulmate and the wife he leaves behind who thinks there is still aconnection to all this. Jacqueline is the mother of Laurent, and theylive in late 1960's Paris, France. Jacqueline has raised Laurent, onher own now for seven years. She never seems to be lonely or in despairthat she is alone because all the love, affection and attention shecould ever want, or have is shown through her curious, but incrediblyinsightful and gifted son, Laurent. Laurent is the apple ofJacqueline's eye and just means the world to her. Laurent, having hadno other real close friends and no father figure has also grownincredibly attached to his mother. They seem as if they are real soulmates. Things take a turn however when at school Laurent meets anotherstudent who likes him just for who he is and he can share the some bondwith them and the same type of love which he has for Jacqueline, whichat first is exciting, but then all too soon is almost catastrophic forher because she does not want to lose the one and most important lovein her life to another. The disc jockey is named Antoine and since hewas a teen he shared his passionate love of music with his girlfriendCarole. She not only loved the same music and things as he did, butthey both genuinely loved each other and thought they would forever.What changed though? The film gives no easy answers other than thingswe piece together such as Antoine perhaps going through a mid lifecrisis and in some ways maybe not knowing what he really wants. Allthis is explored throughout these characters and events in Café deFlore and there is also an almost supernatural or other worldly I mightsay, type of connection that will draw some together and help themcope. Café de Flore was quite an interesting film. It has it's ownunique visual style of slow shots set to atmospheric music and I foundthat it worked well. The central theme and message about the film,being love and showing it in it's many forms, whether they be pleasant,or not, I found to be quite intriguing. The part that I hinted about inthis review of an almost supernatural type connection is one part ofthe film that on one viewing alone, I did not quite understand fully,or even get it's significance, but it was still interesting enough andI don't think it took anything away from the film other than the factthat I may need to see it again to absorb and understand everything andappreciate it more. The acting here is all excellent from the entirecast. They all do great in their different roles and because thewriting is so good here the actors and actresses show off such emotionand passion in the scenes they are in and they do a great job becauseof the well written characters they are playing and also because theyare very talented at what they do. I liked the whole theme on love andit's different forms and ways of showing love or even telling one thatyou care about them. I really enjoyed Jacqueline's story in the filmwith her son, Laurent. I found it to be completely believable and alove that I could not only understand, but feel compassion andconnected to. This is a woman so totally devoted to her son, that in alot of ways I personally was not all that surprised that Jacquelinelater feels threatened and scared of losing him because of how much heis to her world and how much she is to his as well. Antoine's story hasa lot more under the surface type of details that we pick more upon asthe film goes on. His love and difficulty with it in areas is notalways as clear, or as easy to put into words, but I appreciated howthe film gave no easy answers and instead gave us a character to ponderand really think about. The film has a style all it's own that I reallyliked and I also really liked the strong characters and writing as wellas the terrific performances. This film will definitely speak toindividual viewers on their own levels, or even on their ownunderstandings of love, or what they just saw, but that does not takeanything away from the film, it just leaves different ways tounderstand and appreciate it. That is one of many reasons why this filmis highly recommended and a huge success.

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