Café de Flore
Set in present-day Montreal, the first story centres on Antoine, a successful DJ and divorced father of two girls who is wildly infatuated with his girlfriend Rose. However, he still has strong ties to his ex, Carole, and it’s evident they are not entirely over one another. Carole harbours a secret belief that Antoine will return to her; their eldest daughter torments her father by blaring her parents’ defining love song at every opportunity. The second story takes place in Paris in 1969. Jacqueline is the fiercely devoted single mother of Laurent, a young boy with Down syndrome. With her son’s life expectancy limited to twenty five years, Jacqueline dedicates every spare moment to enriching and prolonging his life. Their days are rituals of school drop-offs, affectionate kisses and Laurent’s constant request to listen to the jazz album “Café de flore.” When a young girl who also has Down syndrome joins Laurent’s class, Jacqueline’s tightly woven world begins to fray.
Jean-Marc Vallée (b.1963 in Montreal, Canada) studied film at l’Université de Montréal. He made feature debut with "Liste Noire" (Black List). Ten years in the making, his third feature "C.R.A.Z.Y." was a critical and commercial smash hit, distributed in over fifty countries and winning some twenty international festival awards – including the pestigious Best Canadian Film prize at the Toronto International Film Festival, 11 Genie Awards, 15 Jutra Awards, and the Golden Reel Award. In 2010 "The Young Victoria", produced by Graham King and Martin Scorsese, won an Oscar for Best Costumes and received nominations for Best Art Direction and Best Makeup.
Selected filmography: "Black List" (1995), "Loser Love” (1999), "C.R.A.Z.Y." (2005, "Kino pavasaris"), "The Young Victoria" (2010, released in Lithuania), "Café de Flore" (2011, "Kino pavasaris").
- Year: 2011
- Country: Canada, France
- Runtime: 120 min.
- Director: Jean Marc Vallée
- Screenwriter: Jean Marc Vallée
- Actors: Vanessa Paradis, Kevin Parent, Hélène Florent, Evelyne Brochu, Marin Gerrier
- Producers: Pierre Even, Marie Claude Poulin, Jean Yves Robin, Nicolas Coppermann, Vanessa Fourgeaud, Jean Marc Vallée
- Cinematographer: Pierre Cottereau
- Company: Maywin Media / Alliance Vivafilm
- Dialogs: French, English
- Subtitles: Lithuanian
- Classification: T
- IMDB rating: 7.2