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Café Lumiere Reviews

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November 8, 2004
[This Ozu homage] is revealing and enlightening, but unlike Ozu's work, this is also somewhat dull and uninvolving.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
June 21, 2005
The film looks for small connections and fragments of significance in the comings and goings of everyday life.
October 15, 2004
A languorous rumination on the relationship between the inescapable past, hesitant present, and daunting future.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 26, 2006
Like all Hou films, viewers will want to ponder Cafe Lumiere and its many layers well after this year's Oscars have come and gone.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
March 10, 2006
A tribute to Yasujiro Ozu that can be seen as one film great saluting another from a different culture and time period.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
May 14, 2005
A fascinating curiosity, a chance to witness one major filmmaker paying tribute to another in the form of a rigorously minor film.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
May 31, 2005
Although pegged as an author of contemplative mood pieces, Hou's originality as a filmmaker has much to do with both his handling of historical material and his daringly counterintuitive narrative structures.
January 19, 2006
Both Hou and Ozu excel in evoking the poetry of everyday life, and, as a tribute from one great filmmaker to another, Cafe Lumiere should richly satisfy devotees of both artists.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 30, 2007
Like Ozu's Tokyo Story, the film is mourning the passage of an era and a tradition, and more than a little dismayed at the direction things are heading.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
June 10, 2005
Hou fans will find what they're looking for; others will wonder when the action starts.
December 4, 2016
Remarkable visual trip through Japan.
September 21, 2006
Rather than go the trivial route of aping Ozu's style and storytelling, [Hou] uses the techniques he's honed to create his own take on the state of Japan's ever increasing modernity.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
May 31, 2005
The plot may be almost non-existent, but who cares when a film is both this serenely beautiful and quietly insightful.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 25, 2019
There are conscious echoes here of Tokyo Story, yet this is very much Hsiao-Hsien's vision of what it's like to be young and adrift in a contemporary metropolis.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 16, 2005
Hou's sensitivity plus Ozu's inspiration equals sublimity of sight and sound.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
June 10, 2005
An original work by a filmmaker who throughout his career has absorbed the best of what Ozu had to teach, and as such it stands as beautiful tribute from one master to another.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
December 2, 2005
The film often takes on the hypnotic rhythm of a dream.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 19, 2006
Framing the visual haphazardness of urban streets in exquisite, dense, Shiko-like scroll paintings, Hou demonstrates how even in a megalopolis life is lived on a human scale, one day, one person at a time.
November 19, 2013
Some 40 years after Ozu's death, the traditions that govern middle-class Japanese family life - the crux of his films - are even more frayed.
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