ShowBizzBuzz: Hélène Cardona stars in uplifting film ‘Caralique’

3 min readDec 29, 2023
Hélène Cardona stars in ‘Caralique’ (photos by Angelica Reyn)

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Who is Buzzworthy?

French actress Hélène Cardona, who stars as a caring mother caught in a difficult situation in the inspirational family film, Caralique, now streaming TVOD on all major platforms.

Why does Hélène Cardona look so familiar?

Movie-goers will recognize Hélène from her break-out role in the Oscar nominated Chocolat. She portrayed beauty shop proprietor Francoise “Fuffi” Drou alongside Juliette Binoche in the celebrated film from director Lasse Hallström.

What is the premise of her latest film Caralique?

The film is described as following: Arlette Linstrom (Cardona), a respected fashion designer, shunned by the corporate world and thrust into homelessness with her eight-year-old daughter, Caralique. Although down on their luck, their creativity and imagination never waivers, eventually landing Arlette a new job and a fresh start for the duo. Years later, Caralique, now in high school and obsessed with designing fashion, is turned down by Fashion District manufacturer Dale Lewis. Will this crush Caralique’s dreams or could help come from unexpected corners?

How is Hélène Cardona’s performance being received?

Since premiering on the international festival circuit, Hélène picked up ‘Best Acting’ awards at Idyllwild International, Scotland International, Lady Filmmakers, and Beyond the Curve.

Hélène leads the talented cast, which includes 9-year-old Kali Funston, who earned a couple awards for her film debut as Young Caralique, and Isabella Blake-Thomas as the older version of the same title character. Brian Goodman also appears in the film as the prominent fashion manufacturer.

What does Hélène Cardona have to say about Caralique?

Caralique is above all a story of love. Arlette’s unwavering love makes it possible for her and her daughter to overcome and transcend all obstacles. Her spirit and soulfulness are an ode to mothers and all they sacrifice. The movie is also about exploring identity and finding home.”

What are some of Hélène Cardona past credits?

In addition to Chocolat, Hélène has appeared in many films and television shows, including The Hundred-Foot Journey, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Jurassic World, Enough, Mumford, and recurs as Monique in the Amazon Prime comedy Upload. She is the Computer Voice in Heroes Reborn, and has voice roles in John Wick: Chapter 4, Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny, Murder Mystery 2, X-Men: Apocalypse, Happy Feet 2, and Muppets Most Wanted.

What else do we know about Hélène Cardona?

In addition to her on-screen talents, Hélène has produced more than 10 projects, including the acclaimed documentary film, Femme. She is also an award-winning writer and author of seven books, and co-wrote the screenplay Primate with John FitzGerald, based on his novel.

Hélène graduated from Sorbonne University and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York. Originally from Paris, she speaks six different languages and holds U.S., French, and Spanish citizenships. Today, she splits her time between Los Angeles and Paris.

Hélène Cardona in ‘Chocolat’

What’s next for Hélène Cardona?

Hélène voices the Seamstress character in the upcoming historical drama original Apple TV+ series, The New Look, about the rivalry of fashion icons Christian Dior and Coco Chanel, portrayed by Chocolat star Juliette Binoche.

How can you keep up with Hélène Cardona?

Follow on Instagram: @helenecardonamagic

Hélène Cardona (photo by Paul Smith)




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