Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Cafe de Flore

Do you believe in soul mates? Among various other themes, this film is about the disillusionment of a woman who believes her husband is her soul mate, only to find that he's actually someone else's soul mate, and that the three of them are connected in a totally different and tragic way in the previous life. The present life of these characters is interwoven with the lives of a mother, her son who has Down's syndrome, and a girl he is in love with. The emotional tension between these characters is very powerfully presented, especially the obsessive and possessive love of the mother Jacqueline (Vanessa Paradis) towards her son Laurent. It takes some time to understand the plot completely, but it's a very moving and thought-provoking story when you do get it. Though I don't believe in previous and after life, I like the portrayal of the difficulty of letting go, and how by not letting go of this obsessive love it can all turn into tragedy. A very powerful film that takes some time to sink in, but it's worth it.

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