• 1 hr 42 min
  • Drama
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Café Lumière Synopsis
A pregnant woman and her friend search for a cafe frequented by a composer.
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Chicago Reader

By Jonathan Rosenbaum
Hou's best film since "The Puppetmaster" (1993). It's also his most minimalist effort to date, slow to reveal its depths and beauties, and...
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100

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Hou's sensitivity plus Ozu's inspiration equals sublimity of sight and sound.
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88

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
It's a film objet d'art to contemplate and treasure.
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

By
This poetic portrait of simple Japanese life immerses you in the elegance of the ordinary.
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80

Village Voice

By J. Hoberman
Exquisitely understated.
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70

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
The film is an original work by a filmmaker who throughout his career has absorbed the best of what Ozu had to teach, and as such it stands...
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70

The New York Times

By Dana Stevens
Café Lumière stands in relation to "Tokyo Story" as a faint, diminished echo. It is nonetheless a fascinating curiosity, a chance to...
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67

The A.V. Club

By Scott Tobias
Concerns feelings that can't be expressed, relationships that can't flower, and connections that are impossible to bridge.
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60

Variety

Hou fans will find what they're looking for; others will wonder when the action starts.
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