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  • Summary: Café 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, aCafé 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. (Adopt Films) Collapse
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 13
  2. Negative: 3 out of 13
  1. Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    Nov 1, 2012
    88
    This is a gorgeous, flashy, widescreen epic, like "Boogie Nights" or "Casino," about the most essential things in life: Family, friends and love. But most of all, love.
  2. Reviewed by: Boyd van Hoeij
    Oct 13, 2012
    80
    Modeled on his 2005 hit "C.R.A.Z.Y.," Vallee's fourth feature is another dense, decades-spanning tale that lets a cherry-picked soundtrack and impressive visual sequences do the heavy lifting.
  3. Reviewed by: Mary Corliss
    Oct 13, 2012
    80
    The film is generous to all its besotted creatures, and to the audience as well. Viewers who fall in love with Café de Flore will find that it loves them back.
  4. Reviewed by: Eric Hynes
    Oct 31, 2012
    60
    Postdivorce reconciliation tales - not to mention mother-whore disquisitions - don't get more elaborate than this.
  5. Reviewed by: Brian Miller
    Nov 1, 2012
    50
    Café de Flore - the title comes from a song heard in both halves - is like a story constructed from the perfume ads in Vanity Fair: the emotional problems of shallow, sexy jet-setters.
  6. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    Nov 18, 2012
    40
    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.
  7. Reviewed by: Steve Macfarlane
    Oct 31, 2012
    12
    It's a pretty tired proposition to complain about movies being manipulative, but Café de Flore sets the bar especially low.

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