The Girl in the Cafe
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As a pop star on the comeback trail, Bill Nighy handily stole Love Actually away from his more famous co-stars. In BBC/HBO co-production The Girl in the Café, he takes the lead--and runs with it. Written by Richard Curtis (Notting Hill), the offbeat political-romance concerns Lawrence, a 57-year-old Londoner with a successful governmental career and nonexistent social life. One day he stops in a café and meets the mysterious, considerably younger Gina (Kelly Macdonald, Trainspotting). To their mutual amazement, they hit it off and agree to meet again (and yet again). Then he invites her to accompany him to the G8 Summit in Reykjavík, where she upends his carefully ordered world in ways both wonderful and terrible. Suddenly this "man who has nothing in his life but his work" must find a way to make room for something "tender and true." With Corin Redgrave as the Prime Minister. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
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Directed by David Yates, this wonderful BBC movie is equal parts drama, romance, and a serious call to action regarding world hunger. Ever the numbers-man, Lawrence is full of horrifying statistics concerning the horrors of poverty, the most important being 'one person dies every three seconds.' Gina takes the problem to heart and causes quite a stir at the G8. Nighy and Macdonald give touching performances, reflecting the torment of loneliness and also the need to stand up for what is morally right.
I highly recommend this very thoughtful film. As much as I enjoyed the acting, I was also moved by the message that one person can make a difference. A star-studded appeal for help in the fight against world poverty is included in the DVD extras.
The real charm is the simplicity of the movie which, bereft of the Hollywood treatment to which we are accustomed, focusses on the characters. Well worth double the price.
The casting, script and acting are excellent.
There are English, French and Spanish subtitles for those who might be hard of hearing.
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If Bill Nighy is in it. And Kelly McDonald as well, Then I will buy it. Its a sweet and tender film. Perfect if you need something gentle and lovely.Watch it oftenPublished 8 months ago by airbears
Bill Nighy's body language alone makes this film worth watching--his self-conscious twists and tics are mesmerizing and hilarious. Read morePublished on Aug. 9 2011 by Lally Grauer
I never write reviews, I'm too lazy. But this beauty of a film took my breath away, for the richness of the subtleties in character development, the political understatements it... Read morePublished on April 15 2011 by English Major