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Down-and-out inventor Michel (Olivier Gourmet) is caring for his dying father when he gets some shocking news: He was adopted. What's more, he wasn't born in Belgium, as he thought, but in a barn in Quebec. A work trip to Canada offers an occasion for Michel to search for his biological parents. Although nothing goes according to plan, Michel does start up a curious friendship with Louis (Paul Ahmarani), a wacky electric-car enthusiast with whom he shares some surprising connections.

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Critic Reviews for Congorama

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  • While Falardeau's prismatic storytelling technique is frequently impressive, it ultimately gets in the way of a movie that otherwise would seem to have a powerful human story struggling to get out.

    March 30, 2007 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • The surfeit of plot twists and implausible coincidences strain narrative credibility even as the remarkably brawny presentation provides a warm rush.

    March 8, 2007 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Is that just a trite sentiment, a love-is-all-you-need platitude, and just one more aspect of Congorama that's too neat and a bit forced? Perhaps, but sometimes it takes bravery to embrace the clich.

    September 23, 2006 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The suffocatingly neat construction strains credibility, leaving the central characters -- feeling like the punchlines of an elaborate cosmic joke.

    May 25, 2006 | Full Review…
  • The film's catalogue of absurdity is so colorful that it needn't be mined for impact, and [Phillippe] Falardeau takes the matter-of-fact route, merely gawking at the wreckage.

    June 25, 2007 | Rating: 61/100 | Full Review…
  • Even with its weaknesses, such as those many coincidences that keep the plot going, the film offers a unique and playful adventure seldom found in Hollywood cinema.

    April 1, 2007 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Congorama

  • May 10, 2013
    I am surprised to see the hate-on by the critics. I think Falardeau is one of the best Quebecois directors in terms of developing relationships and treating them to a nice light humour. Congoroma is no different and there are some wonderfully memorable moments.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 18, 2007
    <DIV ALIGN=center><B>CONGORAMA (2006) directed by Philippe Falardeau starring Olivier Gourmet, Paul Ahmarani, Gabriel Arcand</B></DIV><P><DIV ALIGN=justify><I>Congorama</I> shows what French-Canadian films are all about. Not only does Philippe Falardeau borrow the Dardenne brothers's favorite actor - Olivier Gourmet - but he also uses their style and as surprising as it might be it works perfectly well even for a dramedy.<P><I>Congorama</I> is clever from beginning to end and it touches many themes. Its about family, grief, finding the truth, etc ... Every single character is perfectly drawn with psychology that evolves permanently but a psychology that is always credible. Those characters are real, you get to understand them perfectly and the mains actors are simply great, especially Oliver Gourmet.<P><I>Congorama</I> is about a guy who discovers he was illegally adopted and his journey to find his parents but never really does cause the film takes another turns and it makes very much sense.<P>This film is also about history in some way and it carries some subtle messages about environment and politics which make this film more valuable. Great editing, great camera work, excellent screenplay, definately a different culture if you arent «Québécois».</DIV>
    Hugo S Super Reviewer
  • Mar 22, 2007
    Saw this at the Cleveland International Film Festival. Loved the two storylines that intersected, but was confused by the differences portrayed immediately following the crash. The acting was uniformly awesome.
    Byron B Super Reviewer

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