Cafe Funiculi Funicula employs a fantastical time-travel premise to teach its characters how to seize the moment and let go of their regrets. Inevitably less interested in science fiction than melodrama, the film, based on the novel Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Junwa Kawaguchi, unspools in a series of emotionally rewarding vignettes as customers attempt to reconnect with loved ones from their past.
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