Café de Flore Reviews

January 3, 2018
For 90 of the total 120 minutes two story threads remain frustratingly unconnected.
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 22, 2012
A forgettable film.
November 22, 2012
The cumulative effect is more tedious than profound.
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
Goes from intriguing to irritating.
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 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 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.
June 30, 2012
An overlong film that half works.
May 14, 2012
The double-barrelled plot demonstrates great imagination. It's a shame that it amounts to so little.
May 12, 2012
The French story is fascinating and beautifully acted, the French-Canadian one is romantic daytime TV drivel, and the links between them - mystic, metaphysical, musical - do not lead towards resonance or enlightenment.
May 10, 2012
After an exasperatingly lengthy build-up, the secret link between the two stories turns out to be utterly ridiculous, leaving a bad taste at the close.
May 10, 2012
Remove the subtitles, and it's one of Cameron Crowe's head-in-the-clouds dramas, as scripted by M Night Shyamalan...
May 10, 2012
Disappointing, frustrating nonsense.
May 10, 2012
An overlong, emotionally shallow study of so-called 'twin flames', possible reincarnation and learning to let go of love.
April 17, 2012
Valle appears content to put his audience through the emotional wringer for no discernible purpose, and the result is a film that is objectionable and ultimately pointless.