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3.8
973 Ratings

Café de Flore

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

Synopsis

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
What [Vallée and Impressionist painter Wassily Kandinsky] achieve is the creation of abstract visual expressions built from stylized forms that are imbued with symbolic meaning. When Vallée cuts the sound and all you see are figures presented in decisive moments showing unrestrained feeling alongside Doctor Rockit’s catchy track Café De Flore – the effect is that of ecstasy.
May 25, 2010
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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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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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