Following on from C.R.A.Z.Y. and Young Victoria, Jean-Marc Vallee's most recent film is the impressive Cafe De Flore. The title comes from a song that the characters obsess over. Set over two different time periods, the film asks audiences to ponder the nature of fate and whether soulmates are possible. One storyline follows a single mother in 1960s Paris, as she struggles to raise her Down Syndrome-affected son. The other is set in present-day Montreal, as a married DJ leaves his wife for a new lover causing tension in the family. How these two story threads are connected requires a leap of faith from the audience, but if you're willing to go along with it then Cafe De Flore is a rewarding film. Utilising an excellent soundtrack that jumps from loud moments to quiet ones, it's a well-made film that packs an emotional punch. It's a film that washes over you and stays with you long after the end credits. Cynics might scoff at the central idea of the film, but there's no denying it's an interesting one. Recommended.
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