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Congorama (2007)

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Two men who live in different nations on different continents discover how closely their fates have followed the same path in this drama from filmmaker Philippe Falardeau. Belgian engineer Michel Roy (Olivier Gourmet) looks after his ailing father Herve (Jean-Pierre Cassel) with the help of his wife Alice (Claudia Tagbo) and son Jules (Arnaud Mouithys). One day, Herve decides to share a long-held secret with his son -- Michel was actually adopted, and he was born to a poor family in Canada.

Feb 26, 2008

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While Falardeau's prismatic storytelling technique is frequently impressive, it ultimately gets in the way of a movie that otherwise would seem to have a powerful human story struggling to get out.

March 30, 2007 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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Is that just a trite sentiment, a love-is-all-you-need platitude, and just one more aspect of Congorama that's too neat and a bit forced? Perhaps, but sometimes it takes bravery to embrace the cliché.

September 23, 2006 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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The suffocatingly neat construction strains credibility, leaving the central characters -- feeling like the punchlines of an elaborate cosmic joke.

May 25, 2006 Full Review Source: Variety
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The film's catalogue of absurdity is so colorful that it needn't be mined for impact, and [Phillippe] Falardeau takes the matter-of-fact route, merely gawking at the wreckage.

June 25, 2007 Full Review Source: Stylus Magazine

Even with its weaknesses, such as those many coincidences that keep the plot going, the film offers a unique and playful adventure seldom found in Hollywood cinema.

April 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
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The surfeit of plot twists and implausible coincidences strain narrative credibility even as the remarkably brawny presentation provides a warm rush.

March 8, 2007 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Coincidental buffet needs to reinvent itself

October 27, 2006 Full Review Source: JWR

...ultimately undone by its meandering structure and distinctly unfocused vibe.

September 7, 2006 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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Audience Reviews for Congorama

Saw this at the Cleveland International Film Festival. Loved the two storylines that intersected, but was confused by the differences portrayed immediately following the crash. The acting was uniformly awesome.
April 4, 2007
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I am surprised to see the hate-on by the critics. I think Falardeau is one of the best Quebecois directors in terms of developing relationships and treating them to a nice light humour. Congoroma is no different and there are some wonderfully memorable moments.
May 10, 2013
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