Brian Brooks is managing editor of MovieLine.
Specialty movies openers bowed mostly middling at at best, and a couple of pictures may have suffered residual Hurricane Sandy trauma. Adopt Films’ Café De Flore took the per-theater-average crown with $10K in one location. Entertainment One’s A Late Quartet bowed in 9 theaters with a fairly solid average of 8,433, although the distributor suggested the figure was lower than it might have been if The Sunshine in Manhattan’s Lower East Side had been able to re-open sooner. The cinema regained power midday Saturday. TWC’s This Must Be The Place hit the skids with a $3,526 average in a pair of locations, while Radius’ The Details managed only a modest $1,427 average. Roadside/Lionsgate’s art-thriller The Bay bottomed out with a $932 average from 23 theaters. But Anchor Bay’s Vamps fizzled with $500 in one theater. Magnolia Pictures opted not to report numbers for its opener Jack And Diane because it didn’t open in NYC until today because of the continuing aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
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Here’s the other perspective in Café De Flore, which explores the parallel fates of a young mother with a disabled son in 1960s Paris and a divorced, successful DJ in contemporary Montreal. Jean-Marc Vallée (C.R.A.Z.Y, The Young Victoria), directed the film that stars Vanessa Paradis, Kevin Parent and Hélène Florent. Adopt Films releases Café De Flore in the U.S. on November 2nd:
Café De Flore explores the parallel fates of Jacqueline, a young mother with a disabled son in 1960s Paris, and Antonio, a recently divorced, successful DJ in present-day Montreal. Jean-Marc Vallée (C.R.A.Z.Y, The Young Victoria), directed the film, which stars Vanessa Paradis (Girl On The Bridge). Adopt Films releases Café De Flore on November 2nd.
The French Canadian film that lost to Iran’s A Separation at last month’s Oscars, got partial compensation when it took home six Genie Awards Thursday night in Toronto, including best picture, best director (Philippe Falardeau) and best supporting actress (Sophie Nélisse). Monsieur Lazhar premiered domestically on January 20 at the Sundance Film Festival and is getting a limited release here on April 13. Vanessa Paradis took home best actress for Café de Flore, Viggo Mortensen took supporting actor honors and Howard Shore won for original score, both for A Dangerous Method, at the awards celebrating Canadian films.
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