Café De Flore
story of two people separated by time but connected though music that is
Café De Flore is a film about two stories of true love. Set in the late
sixties there is the story of Jacqueline (Vanessa Paradis) and her
devotion for her disabled son, trying to raise him on her own and fulfil
his life as if he was equal. In the present day Antoine (Kevin Parent),
is a recently divorced DJ who struggles to live his life with a new
woman and move on from his ex-wife, his first love.
film is an intertwined story between love of son and love of a woman.
Café De Flore truly captures what it is like to be in love with someone,
and what’s it like to lose someone, the emotions are real and felt
throughout the entire film. The acting is particularly good from Vanessa
Paradis, having only seen her once before in “Heartbreaker” she shines
here, in what could be her best work.
story is perfectly paced, never overselling itself and jumping to the
standard romantic drama layout that we have seen so many times before,
Café De Flore sets itself apart by giving you real characters and
emotions. Café De Flore refers not to the famed Paris café, but to jazz
styled song with the identical name. The songs represent a connection
between each of the stories and the soundtrack itself feels like a
character as each song supports key points in the plot. From tragedy to
divorce the film delivers a great amount of twists and turns that most
won’t see coming, and how the stories are connected could be one of the
films best assets. Never giving too much away early it will keep you
enthralled throughout to its unsuspecting climax.
De Flore comes from French Director Jean-Marc Vallee whose previous
works include the Oscar winning “The Young Victoria” and the classic
“C.R.A.Z.Y” he hits similar notes here with choices of music and
structure from his previous work. Though it’s not a bad thing sticking
to things that have worked, if it’s not broke why fix it, it would just
be nice to see something different from the director something out of
his comfort zone. But in saying that this film lived up to my
expectations and around awards time I wouldn’t be surprised to see Café
De Flore taking out the top spot in “Best Foreign Picture”.
film won’t be for everyone, especially those looking for a typical love
story. Café De Flore is a perfect example of great foreign film making
and why Hollywood struggles to make something so pure.
Blu-ray release of Café De Flore is as basic as its gets, no special
features. But don’t let that stop you from checking it out.