// Presented as part of Filmatique's French Art House Series //
Spotlight on Café de Flore
Jean-Marc Vallée / 2011, Venice, AFI Fest, Atlantic Film Festival, CPH:PIX, Dublin, Göteborg, Toronto, Transilvania, Tübingen / 120'
Present-day Montreal. Antoine is a successful DJ flung into the throes of romance with Rose, yet navigating a still-complicated relationship with his ex-wife and childhood friend Carole, to whom he feels inexplicably bound. In 1960s Paris, young mother Jacqueline sacrifices almost everything to protect Laurent, her son with Down syndrome. These two stories merge and intertwine, forming resonances that ripple across their respective milieux.
A portrait of people connected in mysterious ways, Café de Flore is a vibrant and atmospheric meditation on the ever-shifting and profound power of love. Jean-Marc Vallée's fourth feature premiered at Venice's Settimana della Critica, Toronto, Göteborg and Dublin. Receiving thirteen nominations, Café de Flore won Best Actress at the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television's Genie Awards.
"Vallee's fourth feature is another dense, decades-spanning tale that lets a cherry-picked soundtrack and impressive visual sequences do the heavy lifting… [a] loose-limbed, emotionally complex work"
- Boyd van Hoeij, Venice Review, Variety