Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto toward the director who helped them nail this year's Oscar for, respectively, Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor. That fellow, the French-Canadian filmmaker Jean-Marc Vallée, has had an increasingly interesting career. His "masterpiece" so far would undoubtedly be 2005's C.R.A.Z.Y., a family film unlike any other you'll have seen.
Dallas Buyers Club and 2009's The Young Victoria -- Vallée seems most drawn to angst-y subjects onto which he puts his own special stylistic spin. The mesh is good. It works sublimely well in C.R.A.Z.Y. and very well in one of his later films, CAFE DE FLORE from 2011, which is now available via Netfix streaming.
Café de Flore is all about connections. What connects people who live in time periods 50 years apart, what connects a husband and wife through years of marriage, music, love and pain, what connects a Down Syndrome child (below, shampooing) to other people -- from his struggling mom to the DS girl he comes to love above all else.
Kevin Parent (above), Evelyne Brochu (wearing the cross, below) and Hélène Florent (at right, below) turn in excellent work as the modern-day threesome, trying to do right by each other and themselves. Don't expect to come away from Café de Flore with every action and nuance pinned to the floor. Leave yourself room to expand and change your mind about what/who is good or bad and what you can and cannot handle or believe. I suspect that's what M. Vallée would want. His movie helps us achieve it.
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