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Café de Flore Reviews

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Richard Haridy

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 Source: Quickflix | Original Score: 4/5

November 25, 2013
Glenn Dunks

Café de Flore very much floored me and its enigmatic charm continued to weasel its way into my mind long after it was over.

Full Review Source: Trespass

September 8, 2013
Gabrielle Lipton
Paste Magazine

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 Source: Paste Magazine | Original Score: 8.8/10

November 9, 2012
Staci Layne Wilson

Affectionate, sexy, thought-provoking, devastating, beautiful, bittersweet, life-affirming... Cafe de Flore is all that, and more. See it, listen to it, believe it.

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November 7, 2012
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

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 Source: Spirituality and Practice | Original Score: 4/5

October 25, 2012
Liam Maguren

A well-acted, visually arresting and artfully structured romantic endeavour.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4/5

June 21, 2012
Graham Young
Birmingham Post

Think of a fusion of The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Crash, The Lovely Bones and The Tree of Life.

Full Review Source: Birmingham Post | Original Score: 4/5

May 30, 2012
Alan Jones
Radio Times

Haunting and heartbreaking, director Jean-Marc Vallée's romantic drama is an electrifying multilayered experience.

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 5/5

May 17, 2012
Allan Hunter
Daily Express

A challenging, heartfelt but often confusing drama that seesaws between the Paris of 1969 and contemporary Montreal.

Full Review Source: Daily Express | Original Score: 3/5

May 11, 2012
Anton Bitel

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.

Full Review Source: MovieScope

May 10, 2012
Matthew Turner

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 Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 3/5

May 10, 2012
Trevor Johnston
Time Out
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Whatever its flaws, in the moment this is one to set the film-lover's pulse racing.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/5

May 9, 2012
Shaun Munro
What Culture

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 Source: What Culture | Original Score: 4/5

May 9, 2012
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews

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 Source: Matt's Movie Reviews | Original Score: 4.5/5

May 3, 2012
Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show

Café De Flore is a tragic, beautiful tale of love remixed through time; where the chords resonate true in every remixed incarnation.

Full Review Source: 2UE That Movie Show | Original Score: 4.5/5

April 29, 2012
Simon Foster

It is a beautiful, accessible work of romantic film artistry.

Full Review Source: Screen-Space

April 26, 2012
Anthony Morris
The Vine

Vallee tells the stories in an impressionistic way; Antoine's side of things occasionally verges on Tree of Life territory.

Full Review Source: The Vine | Original Score: 4/5

April 26, 2012
Peter Galvin

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.

Full Review Source:

April 26, 2012
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)

There's something quite haunting about the film, and perhaps more than one viewing is required to sort it all out.

Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia) | Original Score: 3/5

April 26, 2012
Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)

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 Source: Herald Sun (Australia) | Original Score: 4/5

April 26, 2012
Brian D. Johnson
Maclean's Magazine
September 9, 2011
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