Cafe de flore

DVD - 2012 - French
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Cafe de flore
In 2011, Antoine has a girlfriend, Rose, and is raising two daughters. However, Rose is not Antoine's first love, and he's still infatuated with his ex-wife Carole, the mother of his children. Carole hopes he'll someday return to her, though despite his feelings there's little evidence to suggest he will. In 1969, Jacqueline is a single mother raising a seven-year-old son with Down Syndrome who is not expected to live past 25. We learn that Jacqueline and Carole share a special connection.

Publisher: [Montreal] : Alliance Vivafilm, 2012
Branch Call Number: FRE DVD MOVIE C
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (120 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.


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Nov 22, 2013
  • Ron@Ottawa rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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.

Aug 20, 2013
  • chanelsurfer rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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.

Feb 07, 2013
  • voisjoe1 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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.

Jan 26, 2013

i did not enjoy this film

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.

Jan 14, 2013
  • WormsBookChief rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

What a frustrating film. It starts out so strong, well cast, interesting characters and story, and 3/4 of the way through, the storyteller takes a ridiculous twist and ruins what could be a fabulous movie. SPOILER TO FOLLOW: Why does Antoine stay with Rose, and marry her? They have nothing together! And this after the film walks through the history of he and Carole. I was so disappointed by the ending which seemed so stupid after such great and believable storylines. It was as though he had to make a point in marrying her, rather than really loving her. And the reincarnation story feels pulled out of the air. Carole and Antoine belong together. You can tell he misses her, and the children want them to be together, it's as though the director wants to make a point by making him re-marry. I was angry by the end of what could have been, a great film.

Dec 29, 2012
  • KittyMoonshine rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed this film. The acting by the children was wonderful, very endearing. The story line is interesting and holds throughout the film until the end when it falls apart a little. Other than that it tells a wonderful story of love, passion, lost and redemption.

Jun 14, 2012
  • LaimaA rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a stunningly beautiful film. The multiple storylines are so intricately and effectively woven together by editing, visual cues, musical cues, and the plots themselves. Vanessa Paradis gives an extraordinarily moving performance.This is spectacular, magical, bravura film making. Not to be missed.

Mar 31, 2012
  • mayfairlady rated this: 3 stars out of 5.


Mar 31, 2012
  • zal1 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Reincarnation, lost love, Gallic passion are the main ingredients of this romantic stew spanning across the Atlantic set in the 2 most French cities in the Old and the New World. Needs more editing (quite long and repetitious) to look more cohesive.


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Nov 22, 2013
  • Ron@Ottawa rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: Some nudity and sexual scenes.


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