Café de Flore Reviews

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Richard Haridy
Quickflix
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
Trespass
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.
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
November 22, 2012
A forgettable film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com
November 22, 2012
The cumulative effect is more tedious than profound.
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
November 9, 2012
Goes from intriguing to irritating.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
November 8, 2012
Feels less like a movie than like a cinematic jigsaw puzzle whose agitation undermines the very continuity it wants to portray.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Staci Layne Wilson
StaciWilson.com
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.
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Neil Young
Hollywood Reporter
November 5, 2012
Decade-hopping metaphysical romance descends into overwrought histrionics.
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Brian Miller
Village Voice
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.
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Eric Hynes
Time Out
October 31, 2012
The film's delicately curated textures are flushed down the toilet of narrative contrivance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Steve Macfarlane
Slant Magazine
October 30, 2012
Jean-Marc Vallée deploys a pretty sweeping arsenal of clichés in shoving his camera through the characters' streams of consciousness.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
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
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
June 30, 2012
An overlong film that half works.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Liam Maguren
Flicks.co.nz
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
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