Critic Reviews for Congorama
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.
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 cliché.
The suffocatingly neat construction strains credibility, leaving the central characters -- feeling like the punchlines of an elaborate cosmic joke.
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.
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.
Audience Reviews for Congorama
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.
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.
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