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Café de Flore

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Canada, France
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2011

2h 0m

Director Jean-Marc Vallée
Starring Vanessa Paradis, Kevin Parent, Hélène Florent, Evelyne Brochu

Genre Drama, Romance

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Jacqueline is a young mother, abandoned by her husband, living in 1960s Paris with her disabled son, Laurent. Antoine is a successful DJ in present day Montreal with two beautiful daughters, and a loving partner. However, nothing is perfect and Antoine’s ex-wife Carole remains devastated by their recent separation.

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The Guardian by

Remove the subtitles, and it's one of Cameron Crowe's head-in-the-clouds dramas, as scripted by M Night Shyamalan: an insultingly arbitrary reveal, preceded by vast, wailing washes of Pink Floyd and Sigur Rós. A very vanilla sky, this.
60

Time Out by Eric Hynes

Postdivorce reconciliation tales - not to mention mother-whore disquisitions - don't get more elaborate than this.
88

Miami Herald by Rene Rodriguez

This is a gorgeous, flashy, widescreen epic, like "Boogie Nights" or "Casino," about the most essential things in life: Family, friends and love. But most of all, love.
75

The Globe and Mail (Toronto) by Rick Groen

The film commands our attention again as more connections emerge -- not enough to fully solve the mystery, but sufficient to convince us that Café de Flore amounts to more than the triumph of style over substance.
40

Total Film by Tom Dawson

Beneath the surface panache lies an overlong, emotionally shallow study of so-called 'twin flames', possible reincarnation and learning to let go of love.

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