Café de Flore Reviews

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Richard Haridy
November 25, 2013
You may not ultimately agree with Valée's big spiritual pay off (it may be interpreted as a mere excuse for a middle-aged man to have an affair) but it's undeniably gripping, creative, and brash cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Glenn Dunks
September 8, 2013
Café de Flore very much floored me and its enigmatic charm continued to weasel its way into my mind long after it was over.
Gabrielle Lipton
Paste Magazine
November 9, 2012
As abstract as the film is in theory, it is brought together with the conclusiveness of finishing a puzzle with no missing pieces.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.8/10
Staci Layne Wilson
November 7, 2012
Affectionate, sexy, thought-provoking, devastating, beautiful, bittersweet, life-affirming... Cafe de Flore is all that, and more. See it, listen to it, believe it.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
October 25, 2012
A moving drama about how love is refined through troubles in the lives of a devoted mother in 1969 Paris and a middle-aged man in 2011 Montreal.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Liam Maguren
June 21, 2012
A well-acted, visually arresting and artfully structured romantic endeavour.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Graham Young
Birmingham Post
May 30, 2012
Think of a fusion of The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Crash, The Lovely Bones and The Tree of Life.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Alan Jones
Radio Times
May 17, 2012
Haunting and heartbreaking, director Jean-Marc Vallée's romantic drama is an electrifying multilayered experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Allan Hunter
Daily Express
May 11, 2012
A challenging, heartfelt but often confusing drama that seesaws between the Paris of 1969 and contemporary Montreal.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Anton Bitel
May 10, 2012
As these parallel narratives unfold, separated by time and space but conjoined by their shared motifs of love, loss, jealousy and obsession, hints emerge of other, less strictly thematic connections between them.
Matthew Turner
May 10, 2012
This is a superbly acted drama that packs a powerfully emotional punch, though a late-blooming plot development ultimately stretches credulity and threatens to undo the film's dramatic impact.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
May 9, 2012
Whatever its flaws, in the moment this is one to set the film-lover's pulse racing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Shaun Munro
What Culture
May 9, 2012
Drama so perfectly wrought is hard to come by. Vallée and his stellar cast have carved out a challenging, emotionally rich film which is not shaken easily.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
May 3, 2012
It's themes of spirituality, religion and love eternal in an increasingly secular and jaded world is wonderfully presented and touching in its tangibility, although it often ventures into brazen territory.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show
April 29, 2012
Café De Flore is a tragic, beautiful tale of love remixed through time; where the chords resonate true in every remixed incarnation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Simon Foster
April 26, 2012
It is a beautiful, accessible work of romantic film artistry.
Anthony Morris
The Vine
April 26, 2012
Vallee tells the stories in an impressionistic way; Antoine's side of things occasionally verges on Tree of Life territory.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Galvin
April 26, 2012
Playful, painful, willfully strange, deeply emotional and deliberately, delightfully obscure at times, Café de Flore, from French-Canadian writer-director Jean-Marc Vallée (C.R.A.Z.Y.), is a puzzle-film par excellence.
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)
April 26, 2012
There's something quite haunting about the film, and perhaps more than one viewing is required to sort it all out.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)
April 26, 2012
Cafe de Flore lays out an open-ended obstacle course for heart and mind. Stay the distance and so much will stay with you for some time.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Brian D. Johnson
Maclean's Magazine
September 9, 2011
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