Café de Flore Reviews
February 13, 2020
...be rewarded with a wonderfully involving tale that tries to capture how emotions and love often seem to transcend the individuals beholden to them.
January 8, 2019
The film's central performances are all terrific. Florent perfectly captures Carole's anguish which is, at times, almost unbearable to watch.
January 3, 2018
For 90 of the total 120 minutes two story threads remain frustratingly unconnected.
November 25, 2013
You may not ultimately agree with Vale'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.
September 8, 2013
Caf de Flore very much floored me and its enigmatic charm continued to weasel its way into my mind long after it was over.
January 18, 2013
An intriguingly unconventional drama that revels in dreamy interludes, stream-of-consciousness montages and weighty drama - but that never lives up to its stylistic promise.
November 16, 2012
It's terribly long and repetitive for so delicately dreamy a diptych, and at times the modern-day story feels like little more than a drawn-out apologia for the wandering male gaze.
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.
November 8, 2012
Feels less like a movie than like a cinematic jigsaw puzzle whose agitation undermines the very continuity it wants to portray.
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.
November 5, 2012
Decade-hopping metaphysical romance descends into overwrought histrionics.
November 1, 2012
This mushy, mystical French-Canadian melodrama tries to make parallel a pair of love stories: one between preteens with Down syndrome in 1969 Paris, and the second between a Quebecois DJ and his new amour some 40 years later.
October 31, 2012
The film's delicately curated textures are flushed down the toilet of narrative contrivance.
October 30, 2012
Jean-Marc Valle deploys a pretty sweeping arsenal of clichs in shoving his camera through the characters' streams of consciousness.
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.
October 16, 2012
Acting and soundtrack are spot-on but the frequent jump-cuts and lack of a compelling comparison between families work against the film's success.