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.
"Vanessa Paradis gives a marvelously tender performance as the mother of a boy with Down's Syndrome in Sixties Paris… Café de Flore triggers interesting meditations on love, roles and compulsions, and the story involving Paradis in particular has a bittersweet, haunting force"
"Vanessa Paradis and Hélène Florent are luminous as women trapped in the rapture of love… With wondrous power and subtlety, Jean-Marc Vallée's Café de Flore poses these conundrums and doubles down on them, by telling two stories, in two times and on two continents, of women who love not wisely but too well"
"Ethereal art rock is the aural adhesive connecting two stories set four decades apart on different continents in the Canadian filmmaker Jean-Marc Vallée's Café de Flore. This knotty contemplation of amour fou that transcends time and place is a movie for extreme romantics"