Café Lumiere Reviews

  • Carlos M Super Reviewer
    Apr 24, 2016

    Hou's moody tribute to Ozu is more revealing and significant from what is left unsaid as it shows a woman in transit (she spends a good part of the film on moving trains) and who never discusses her pregnancy with her traditional parents. Still, it left me a bit too cold to care.

    Hou's moody tribute to Ozu is more revealing and significant from what is left unsaid as it shows a woman in transit (she spends a good part of the film on moving trains) and who never discusses her pregnancy with her traditional parents. Still, it left me a bit too cold to care.

  • May 31, 2015

    Hou Hsiao-Hsien's homage to Yasujiro Ozu is filled with beautiful quiet moments. The intense connection made by the two main characters is established in unique ways. A brilliant film.

    Hou Hsiao-Hsien's homage to Yasujiro Ozu is filled with beautiful quiet moments. The intense connection made by the two main characters is established in unique ways. A brilliant film.

  • Nov 22, 2014

    I was lucky enough to be able to see one of Hou's films at the special screening 'The Films of Hsiao-hsien Hou' at AFI Silver Spring. This particular piece is a tribute to Ozu, who was known as a master of capturing and transferring 'everyday-domestic' life into captivating movies. For the storyline Hou uses Ozu's trademark inter generation conflict with careful observation on how different generation reacts to the issue. However, Hou has his own marks all over this film including how he evokes sympathy, humanity of the characters through use of gestures with minimal dialogue.

    I was lucky enough to be able to see one of Hou's films at the special screening 'The Films of Hsiao-hsien Hou' at AFI Silver Spring. This particular piece is a tribute to Ozu, who was known as a master of capturing and transferring 'everyday-domestic' life into captivating movies. For the storyline Hou uses Ozu's trademark inter generation conflict with careful observation on how different generation reacts to the issue. However, Hou has his own marks all over this film including how he evokes sympathy, humanity of the characters through use of gestures with minimal dialogue.

  • Feb 02, 2014

    Such a sublime watching experience.

    Such a sublime watching experience.

  • Mar 26, 2013

    Although essentially conceived as a tribute to Yasujiro Ozu, it's not necessary for one to know of that Japanese director's work in order to enjoy this film. Quiet, closely observed, and patient, Cafe Lumiere is a fine meditative offering from recent Japanese cinema. Decide for yourself if the storyline gives the right amount of payoff, though.

    Although essentially conceived as a tribute to Yasujiro Ozu, it's not necessary for one to know of that Japanese director's work in order to enjoy this film. Quiet, closely observed, and patient, Cafe Lumiere is a fine meditative offering from recent Japanese cinema. Decide for yourself if the storyline gives the right amount of payoff, though.

  • Jan 16, 2012

    One of Hsiao-hsien's brisker and more charming works, this one is more easily digestible while retaining his signature attention for details. It's a tribute that also serves as a reminder that even if Kurosawa was the bigger name internationally, Ozu was probably a bigger long-term influence for the Asian film powerhouses.

    One of Hsiao-hsien's brisker and more charming works, this one is more easily digestible while retaining his signature attention for details. It's a tribute that also serves as a reminder that even if Kurosawa was the bigger name internationally, Ozu was probably a bigger long-term influence for the Asian film powerhouses.

  • Lesley N Super Reviewer
    Sep 03, 2011

    Japanese drama, though drama is the wrong word for such a lackadaisical plot. Plot is the wrong word too. Way too subtle for me.

    Japanese drama, though drama is the wrong word for such a lackadaisical plot. Plot is the wrong word too. Way too subtle for me.

  • Aug 27, 2011

    Hou knows the rhythm and composition of an Ozu movie, to which this is an homage, but not the notes. The relationship, such as it is, between the daughter and the parents is too slight, as if Hou is solely depending on long takes and silences to do the work for him.

    Hou knows the rhythm and composition of an Ozu movie, to which this is an homage, but not the notes. The relationship, such as it is, between the daughter and the parents is too slight, as if Hou is solely depending on long takes and silences to do the work for him.

  • Apr 06, 2011

    grandes expectativas: pà (C)sima película :D

    grandes expectativas: pà (C)sima película :D

  • Mar 22, 2011

    A beautiful little film that flows effortlessly from beginning to end. I love it.

    A beautiful little film that flows effortlessly from beginning to end. I love it.