Jean-Marc Vallée’s CAFÉ DE FLORE is a love story—or perhaps love stories—about people separated by time and place but connected in profound and mysterious ways. Atmospheric, fantastical, tragic and hopeful, the film chronicles the parallel fates of Jacqueline (Vanessa Paradis), a young mother embracing the challenge of raising her beloved Down syndrome son Laurent (Marin Gerrier) as normally as one would any other child in 1960s Paris, and in present day Montreal Antoine (Kevin Parent), a successful middle-aged DJ, is recently divorced from his former high school sweetheart Carole (Hélène Florent) and engaged to the stunningly beautiful love of his life Rose (Evelyne Brochu). In between are Antoine and Carole’s two young daughters. Romance and the bonds of family hang in the balance. Binding the two stories together is love—euphoric, obsessive, tragic, youthful, timeless love. CAFÉ DE FLORE won three Genies (Canadian Oscars) out of thirteen nominations and won three Jutra Awards (Quebec Oscars) out of seven nominations. “The two stories unspool side by side, initially through staccato edits and match cuts, such as when a shot of a jet carrying Antoine to his next gig in Europe cuts to a shot of Laurent in Paris looking at a plane some 40-odd years earlier. As in Vallée’s C.R.A.Z.Y., (winner of the 2007 MIFF Audience Favorite Award) further explanatory flashbacks are seamlessly integrated throughout, while music from several genres and periods acts as glue between the timeframes.”—Boyd Van Hoeij, Variety. “Astonishing…so sure-footed, emotionally, and cinematically….seems like walking on air in a beautiful dream.”—Mary Corliss, Time Magazine. “…thanks to wonderful performances all round, there are convincing and emotionally potent moments between Jacqueline and Laurent, or between Antoine and Carole and their daughters. The film is at its best on this register of intimate realism.”—Ginette Vincendeau, Sight & Sound. In French with English subtitles. Unrated. 120 minutes.
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The Maine International Film Festival’s MIFF in the Morning is a winter film series featuring a diverse selection of American independent and international documentary and narrative films. Screenings are on designated Saturday and Sunday mornings in January, February and March at Railroad Square Cinema in Waterville. For more information call 207-873-4021.
MIFF in the Morning is presented by Maine Film Center, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to enrich, educate, and entertain the community through film and art. Maine Film Center also presents the Maine International Film Festival (MIFF) in July and recently announced its purchase of Railroad Square Cinema.