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Café (2011)

Video  -  Drama  -  11 October 2011 (USA)
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When tragedy strikes the community surrounding a cafe in West Philadelphia, the cafe's regulars come to realize how intertwined their lives truly are.

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A good-hearted musician struggles to find a way to tell his beautiful barista coworker that he loves her, despite the fact that she is in a relationship. Meanwhile, regulars and customers at the café where they work have their own problems and encounters. A police officer keeps his eye on his wayward cousin, who owes money to a charismatic dealer, and a married man contemplates his relationship with a good-looking new acquaintance. However, one customer believes he is in fact the main character in a computer simulation of modern life, set in the microcosm of the café, all designed by a young girl. Written by Anonymous

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What if the world you lived in weren't real? See more »

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Butterfly Café  »

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The film takes place almost exclusively inside a real working West Philadelphia café. See more »

Goofs

While Elly is sitting at a table talking to Avatar, the lighted logo on Avatar's MacBook computer goes dim, however, his screen is still lit. On this computer the back light for the screen is what lights the Apple logo. The lighted logo goes on and off during the conversation even though his screen is never turned off when we see it. See more »

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Movie Man: This morning I intended to just keep on driving right past where I was going and just keep going into the wild blue yonder, and I ended up at the movies, which is kinda like running away without risking anything.
Movie Woman: The wild blue yonder sounds like fun.
Movie Man: I'm still thinking of going. You want to go?
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Performed by Sun Kil Moon
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A Surprisingly Surrealistic Black Comedy-Drama
3 November 2013 | by (utah) – See all my reviews

Unlike most other Jennifer Love Hewitt movies, especially with the presence at the time of her former boyfriend Jamie Kennedy who plays against type, this movie isn't a fun loving light romantic comedy. Instead, what the audience is offered up is a rather strange but fascinating dramatic fantasy about relationships and infinite possibilities using an ensemble cast and short story plots, some connected and others not. All these characters their interspersed stories are also presented in an almost theatrical manner using the same diner set as the singular location throughout the entire movie (like a play) over a period of days starting with an shooting incident and then the movie told in flashback.

Cafe directed and written by Mark Erlbaum comes across somewhat like a movie based on a screenplay by the Oscar-winning Charlie Kaufman screenwriter Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004), Being John Malkovich (1999). Less weird and strange than the even more surrealistic The Devil's Carnival (2012), but more unusual than the traditional ensemble movie with various relational plots like Love Actually (2003) or the more serious dramatic presentation like Traffic (2001) or the more dramatic thriller Bobby (2006) or the dramatic television presentation of Separate Tables (1983).

Cafe might best be compared to another fantastical series of life stories as revealed in the Japanese fantasy movie After Life (1998) or the more polished and foreign but mainstream light comedy Chocolat (2001) or the rather distinctive mystery drama of Dogville (2004) with its creative theatrical set design. While the ending of the movie might be consider too sanguine and too cute, Cafe does presents a surprisingly ambiance and charm with its off-beat and creative approach to cinema.


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