Café de Flore
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Cafe de Flore is a love story about people separated by time and place but connected in profound and mysterious ways. Atmospheric, fantastical, tragic and hopeful, the film chronicles the parallel fates of Jacqueline, a young mother with a disabled son in 1960s Paris, and Antoine, a recently divorced, successful DJ in present day Montreal. What binds the two stories together is love - euphoric, obsessive, tragic, youthful, timeless love. -- (C) Official Site

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 63%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A forgettable film."
‑ Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times
"Feels less like a movie than like a cinematic jigsaw puzzle whose agitation undermines the very continuity it wants to portray."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"You may not ultimately agree with Valée's big spiritual pay off (it may be interpreted as a mere excuse for a middle-aged man to have an affair) but it's undeniably gripping, creative, and brash cinema."
‑ Richard Haridy, Quickflix
"The cumulative effect is more tedious than profound."
‑ Todd Jorgenson,
"Jean-Marc Vallée deploys a pretty sweeping arsenal of clichés in shoving his camera through the characters' streams of consciousness."
‑ Steve Macfarlane, Slant Magazine
"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."
‑ Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times
"Decade-hopping metaphysical romance descends into overwrought histrionics."
‑ Neil Young, Hollywood Reporter
"Café de Flore very much floored me and its enigmatic charm continued to weasel its way into my mind long after it was over."
‑ Glenn Dunks, Trespass
"As abstract as the film is in theory, it is brought together with the conclusiveness of finishing a puzzle with no missing pieces."
‑ Gabrielle Lipton, Paste Magazine
"A moving drama about how love is refined through troubles in the lives of a devoted mother in 1969 Paris and a middle-aged man in 2011 Montreal."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Goes from intriguing to irritating."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"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."
‑ Brian Miller, Village Voice
"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."
‑ Mike Scott, Times-Picayune
"Affectionate, sexy, thought-provoking, devastating, beautiful, bittersweet, life-affirming... Cafe de Flore is all that, and more. See it, listen to it, believe it."
‑ Staci Layne Wilson,
"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."
‑ Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve
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