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Saturday, January 14, 2012

Sean Kelly

Canada's Top Ten: My Thoughts on Café de Flore

Last night I saw a film at Canada's Top Ten that I can probably say will end up being the best of the films that I have seen.

Café de Flore tells two stories.  The first story, set in present day Montreal, is about a love triangle of sorts in which a DJ named Antoine (Kevin Parent) recently left his wife Carole (Helene Florent) for a new woman named Rose (Evelyne Brochu).  Since Antoine and Carole believed each other to be soul mate, each are trying to come to term with this change and move on with their lives.  The second story takes place in 1960s Paris and follows Jacqueline (Vanessa Paradis), who has to face the challenges of raising her son Laurent, who has Down syndrome.

I thought the film was fantastically edited in how it seamlessly moved between the two stories.  At first it's bit puzzling how these two stories connect - other than the fact that both featured a musical number called "Café de Flore."  However, both stories come together by the end - in a very interesting way I might add.

In conclusion, I will say that Café de Flore was an excellent film and it will definitely be my top film of Canada's Top Ten.

9/10

I will conclude my Canada's Top Ten experience tonight when I see Sarah Polley's Take This Waltz.

Sean Kelly

About Sean Kelly -

Sean Patrick Kelly is a self-described über-geek, who has been an avid film lover for all his life. He graduated from York University in 2010 with an honours B.A. in Cinema and Media Studies and he likes to believe he knows what he’s talking about when he writes about film (despite occasionally going on pointless rants).