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If you enjoy indie films, especially ones that just follow the character's life & story, this film is for you.
Director Hsiao-hsien Hou has opted for a Spartan style of filmmaking that harkens back to such early Japanese masters as Yasujiro Ozu and Kenji Mizoguchi.
You have to be keen to pick up the clues, but the scenes are all so quiet that it's too easy to think nothing is happening.
Selected people in the West know Japanese director Yasujiro Ozu. They generally agree that the director's films are icons of emotional filmmaking. Read morePublished 9 months ago by AliGhaemi
Movie: 3.5 stars; Bonus materials: 4.5 stars
"Cafe Lumiere" (2003 release from Japan; 104 min. Read more
I purchased this dvd mostly to boost my collection of films directed by Hou Hsiao Hsien. The opening shot says the film was made to mark the centenary of Yasujiro Ozu's birth and... Read morePublished on October 15, 2012 by hawnarch
You have to like trains, find them romantic or aesthetically pleasing in order to enjoy this movie to the fullest: there's a train going by; there she is walking to the train;... Read morePublished on June 9, 2010 by Phillip Royer
"Cafe Lumiere" is the homage that Hou Hsiao-hsien, a Taiwanese director, paid to Yasujiro Ozu, a Japanese director renowned for the way in which he managed to depict the dynamics... Read morePublished on June 17, 2007 by M. B. Alcat
If you enjoy indie films, especially ones that just follow the character's life & story, this film is for you. I quite enjoy the 'sleeper' movie that's not all action packed. Read morePublished on April 2, 2007 by raeve
A Japanese movie with a French title, "Café Lumiere" is a desultory tale of a young pregnant woman and her friendship with a local bookstore proprietor. Read more