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893 Ratings

Café de Flore

Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée
Canada, France, 2011
Comedy, Romance, Drama


A love story separated in time. In 1960s Paris, Jacqueline gets by with her disabled son. In present day Montreal, a famous DJ is recovering from a painful divorce. Like in a puzzle, their lives come together in mysterious ways.

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Café de Flore Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée
This is a highly stylized realism, as Vallée keeps reaching into his toybox to pull out certain playthings. Cutting between the stories keeps things moving while masking the fact that none of the three would be of much interest on its own.
November 08, 2012
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Such meandering is preferable to the climactic communion and grand reveal, when the film’s delicately curated textures are flushed down the toilet of narrative contrivance. Postdivorce reconciliation tales—not to mention mother-whore disquisitions—don’t get more elaborate than this.
October 31, 2012
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Call it emotion sickness. The sometimes cloying formalist whimsy of Jean-Pierre Jeunet seems admirably up-front compared to Vallée’s tactile, supposedly realistic whimsy.
October 30, 2012
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