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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Avatar / Craig
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Dealer / Glenn
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Elly
Cecelia Ann Birt ...
Earth Mother
Garrett Hendricks ...
Addict / Tommy (as Garrett Lee Hendricks)
Clayton Prince ...
Cop
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Kelly
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Movie Woman
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Movie Man
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Colin
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Sally (as Alexa Vega)
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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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Butterfly Café  »

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

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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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Avatar: This whole freewill thing, I don't get it. Why did you build it into the program?
Elly: When you can go either way, but you choose to do the right thing, there's nothing more gratifying to me than that.
Avatar: But what if I choose wrong?
Elly: You won't.
Avatar: How do you know?
Elly: I know everything.
Avatar: [pondering] Then that's not really freewill, is it.
Elly: Sure it is. I know because I'm not subject to time. Which is just another construct of the program. I know what you'll do it, but I'm not making you do it.
Avatar: Hmm. And I guess you...
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Modest, low budget, but fun, and sweet, and eventually effective
7 December 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Cafe (2011)

A simple seeming story with a couple of otherworldly (computer reality) twists that gradually works on your sympathies and wins.

Except for a brief exterior giving the sense of place (West Philadelphia) and two or three other very minor exceptions, the entire movie is shot in a coffee shop. A surprisingly large cast of characters take on some significance. And the dreamy idealism of exactly those kinds of independent cafés permeates the movie. The ostensible driving force is the appearance now and then of a nasty guy who deals drugs and the reaction against him by others in the place and the police. But really the movie is more about character, and what makes character, and what makes some people good and whether that kind of goodness is real.

After awhile you also realize that one weird subplot--the appearance of a girl on a computer scree--is maybe the most important aspect of all. Because she helps redefine what reality is--not just the so-called reality of people's lives, but reality reality, ontologically. It's obviously too much to swallow, but just go with it, it's fun.

What holds it up most of all might just be the really solid acting from most of the main characters. And the sweetness the seems to permeate the movie through and through. It's low-budget but keeps it confident and well made anyway. It's a good excuse for hanging out with some nice people.


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