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Blue Jasmine [Blu-ray + Ultraviolet] (Bilingual)
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Poignant, romantic, and mesmerizing, writer/director Woody Allen's latest masterpiece centers around Jasmine (Cate Blanchett), a former New York socialite teetering on an emotional tightrope, balancing between her troubled east coast past and a fresh start in San Francisco. Having moved into her sister's humble apartment, Jasmine ricochets between the tumultuous acceptance of her new limitations, and the dreams of reclaiming her past life's glamour. Join a powerful cast for an intimate portrayal of the battle between fantasy and reality which rages within us all.
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Lorsqu'elle était plus jeune, Jasmine a épousé un homme fortuné et a décidé d'abandonner ses études pour mener la vie des gens riches et célèbres. Mais son monde bascule complètement lorsque son époux est arrêté pour fraude : elle perd tous ses biens et, surtout, la notoriété dans laquelle elle aimait tant se complaire. S'avouant défaite, elle se résigne à cohabiter avec sa soeur et ses deux enfants dans leur petit appartement de San Francisco. Jasmine est en pleine névrose, mais tente de reprendre sa vie en main. Elle trouve un travail afin de ramasser assez d'argent pour suivre des cours d'informatique puis, ultimement, de décoration d'intérieur.
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I cannot say exactly why this is so. Perhaps it was the richness of the character study, and the fact that Allen writes so excellently for female characters. In any event, Cate Blanchett's character, and her brilliant performance of this down on her luck former socialite married to a conman husband played by Alec Baldwin, may be the best female character performance you will see on a movie screen this year, and Blanchett's performance is probably the most Oscar worthy I have seen so far.
Set in San Francisco in the present day it unfolds the complex relationship of two sisters, one upper class but fallen on hard times, and her working class sister who makes working class choices. Because it unfolds in a non linear fashion it appears to dip randomly into different events over a period of about 15 years or so, and we understand why the sister is working class.
One of the themes of the movie is honesty, and facing reality, and Jasmine makes choices that seem oblivious to it. She fibs and tells little lies, at one level self deceptive, and at another deceptive of others. We may not like her for this, but if you're like me, I felt tremendous compassion for her, even loved her in spite of everything, which is not often I feel that way about a character. She suffers from severe anxiety, and the events she has to undergo take a toll on her. One particular choice she makes has particularly severe repercussions, yet in the moment we fully understand it.
I think it is fair to say moving to Europe and making films there has been wonderful for Woody Allen.Read more ›
The blu-ray disc serves me well, and have no comments on UltraViolet stuff since I am a bit technically challenged...
There are a lot of reasons to want to see this movie once and then twice. One is Cate Blanchett which I could see in no matter what, but to see her in an Oscar worthy performance is more than a treat. In fact, the entire cast is tops, the acting in this movie is just terrific.
As for the screenplay – I think that it’s one of the best ever written by Woody Allen. Only him could have thought and made a modern Streetcar Named Desire – a parallel which is present in every scene and action – all of this being a continuous source of delight and fun. I’m sure that Tennessee Williams would have laughed his head off to see his Blanche DuBois as Woody’s Blue Jasmine and would have approved whole heartedly of this funny version of his play.
If you didn’t read or see “A Streetcar Named Desire”, you could go with the film directed by Elia Kazan with Vivien Leigh as Blanche DuBois and Marlon Brando as Stanley Kowalski, Stella’s husband. The entire cast is excellent, but don’t expect to laugh because this is one of the most heart breaking plays of Tennessee.
“Blue Jasmine” is the perfect movie to see on a long flight just as you get to 10 000 feet and you get your first drink…and there is nowhere else to go but far in the sky.
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Was hoping for a lighthearted yet sardonic typical Woody film. This one is filled with whining from start to finish.Published 3 months ago by TPayzant
Not normally my type of movie, but Cate Blanchett acting is amazing. The movie is well written.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Cate Blanchett is marvelous. The story unfolds perfectly. One of Woody Allen's best.Published 6 months ago by Gabriel P.
This movie was very interesting and hard to follow at first. But once I figured out that it was flashing back, it was a lot better.Published 8 months ago by Gentle Ben
Wow, what can I say about this film. Woody Allen out did himself with this film. I'm not a giant Woody Allen fan, but boy can he assemble a perfect cast. Read morePublished 10 months ago by K. D.
Another bad language strewn feature with very little to recommend it
Jasmine (Cate Blanchett) is a socialite who has fallen on hard times. She moves to San Francisco to live with her blue collar sister (both were adopted and not blood related). Read morePublished 17 months ago by The Movie Guy
Not a remarkable film, but Cate Blanchett gives a powerhouse performance as Jasmine. One of the best academy award performances ever given.Published 19 months ago by Sara