Congorama (2007)

Two men who live in different nations on different continents discover how closely their fates have followed the same path in this drama from filmmaker Philippe Falardeau. Belgian engineer Michel Roy (Olivier Gourmet) looks after his ailing… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: March 16, 2007
DVD Release Date: February 26, 2008
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Critic Score: 38% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star

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.

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Sky Hirschkron
Stylus Magazine

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.

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S. James Wegg

Coincidental buffet needs to reinvent itself

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

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.

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Bruce Kirkland
Jam! Movies

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.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...ultimately undone by its meandering structure and distinctly unfocused vibe.

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Justin Chang

The suffocatingly neat construction strains credibility, leaving the central characters -- feeling like the punchlines of an elaborate cosmic joke.

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Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine

The surfeit of plot twists and implausible coincidences strain narrative credibility even as the remarkably brawny presentation provides a warm rush.

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Flixster Audience Score: 73% Flixster User Reviews
Byron Brubaker
Saw this at the Cleveland International Film Festival. Loved the two storylines that intersected, but was confused by the differences portrayed immediately… More
John Ballantine
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… More