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Review: Modern day Montreal meets 1960s Paris in new film

Fates collide in a curious film about two love stories this May. Café de Flore sees a single mother in the 1960s and a successful DJ in modern-day Montreal, both defined by their differences and bound by the same timeless complexities of love and loyalty.

Vanessa Paradis shines in an accomplished cast as Jacqueline, the determined single mother of a Down's syndrome child in 1960s Paris. After his father rejects baby Laurent at birth, Jacqueline makes it her life’s aim to bring him up as ‘ordinarily’ as possible, and to prove the then 25-year life expectancy of Down's syndrome wrong.

Told in parallel is the story of handsome family man Antoine. Making money and love in modern-day Montreal, he remains troubled despite the knowledge he ‘has it all.’

The beautifully shot film was a box office smash in Canada and is out in UK cinemas May 11th.

Find out more about the film at the Café de Flore Facebook page.

Review by @SallyGriffith

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