Cafe de Flore
Cafe de Flore
Canada, 2011, 120 Minute Running Time
Program: World Cinema
Language: French English Sub-Titles
C.R.A.Z.Y. writer/director Jean-Marc Vallée is back with a vengeance in the astonishingly ambitious, twin-plotted Café de Flore.
In contemporary Montreal, fortysomething Antoine (Kevin Parent) is a successful DJ who’s guilt-ridden over leaving his high school sweetheart for a new lover. Forty years earlier in Paris, Jacqueline (Vanessa Paradis) is a fiercely devoted single mother determined to better the lot of her developmentally disabled son Laurent.
And exactly how might these worlds connect? While some clues are provided along the way, viewers are encouraged to surrender themselves to the dizzying mélange of sights and sounds that fuels this chronologically-jumbled, globe-hopping metaphysical puzzle. Using the rich atmospherics of Pink Floyd and Sigur Rós to modulate his film’s tone from heady romanticism to clear-eyed realism, establish its propulsive rhythms, and inspire its glorious visuals, Vallée illustrates the myriad experiences, sensations, and avenues of escape that can be inspired by a simple pop song. This is an uncommonly beautiful and haunting work.
Actor Kevin Parent is expected to attend both screenings.
DIRECTOR: Jean-Marc Vallée
Producer: Marie-Claude Poulin, Pierre Even, Jean-Yves Robin, Nicolas Coppermann, Vanessa Fourgeaud, Jean-Marc
Editor: Jean-Marc Vallée
Screenwriter: Jean-Marc Vallée
Cinematographer: Pierre Cottereau
Principal Cast: Vanessa Paradis, Kevin Parent, Héléne Florent, Evelyne Brochu, Marin Gerrier
Filmography: The Young Victoria (2009), C.R.A.Z.Y (2005)
Print Source: Films Distribution - www.filmsdistribution.com
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