“Café de Flore” is a Canadian drama film directed and written by Jean-Marc Vallée. The film was released in 2011 and stars Vanessa Paradis, Kevin Parent, Hélène Florent, and Evelyne Brochu.
The film is set in two different time periods and follows two parallel love stories. In present-day Montreal, Antoine (Kevin Parent) is a successful DJ who falls in love with a woman named Rose (Evelyne Brochu). However, he is haunted by memories of his ex-wife Carole (Hélène Florent) and their daughter, who has Down syndrome.
The other love story takes place in 1960s Paris and follows Jacqueline (Vanessa Paradis), a single mother who struggles to raise her son, who has Down syndrome. She falls in love with a man named Antoine (also played by Kevin Parent), but their relationship is threatened by his ex-girlfriend.
As the two stories unfold, it becomes clear that there are connections between the characters from the past and present. The film explores themes of love, loss, and the bonds that connect us.
The film received positive reviews for its emotional depth, performances, and visual style. It won several awards, including Best Film at the Vancouver Film Critics Circle Awards and Best Cinematography at the Genie Awards.
Duration: 120 min.