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The Girl in the Café (2005)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama | Romance  -  25 June 2005 (USA)
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Lawrence, an aging, lonely civil servant falls for Gina, an enigmatic young woman. When he takes her to the G8 Summit in Reykjavik, however, their bond is tested by Lawrence's professional obligations.

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Gina
Meneka Das ...
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Italian Waiter
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Damon Younger ...
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Nína Dögg Filippusdóttir ...
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Philippe De Grossouvre ...
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Louisa Bojesen ...
CNBC Newscaster
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German Senior Advisor (as Christian Pedersen)
Toshie Ogura ...
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A May-December comedy becomes a political drama. Lawrence, a spindly, self-effacing civil servant, is a senior researcher for the Chancellor of the Exchequer, preparing for a G-8 summit that will determine the scope of the world's effort to reduce extreme poverty. In a crowded café, he chats awkwardly with Gina, a young Scot with time on her hands. They share a couple of meals, and he invites her to accompany him to the summit in Reykjavík. Once there, as romance blooms, Gina's past, Lawrence's work and proclivity to compromise, and the presence of ministers and presidents spur her to act. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Love can't change what's wrong in the world. But it's a start.

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When Lawrence arranges with Gina to meet for lunch, he picks a date that he is free, suggests a restaurant, and they agree. But they do not choose a time to meet. See more »

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Lawrence: We get into the habit of compromising and therefore we are always compromised.
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During the credits, the sound of a finger snapping every 3 seconds is heard. Each snap represents a death in the world due to extreme poverty. See more »

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I love, love, love "The Girl in the Cafe"!!!
26 June 2005 | by (Minneapolis, USA) – See all my reviews

WOW! I just watched an absolutely brilliant film on HBO tonight. "The Girl in the Cafe" stars Bill Nighy and Kelly Macdonald in what I am sure will be one of the very best films of the year.

The film will, with 100% certainty, appeal to those who loved "Lost in Translation" and it will probably resonate with many of those who didn't like the characters in that film as much as the rest of us.

The two characters in this film are adorable, seemingly mismatched and yet a perfect relationship forms. Nighy & Macdonald deliver Oscar worthy performances... it is shame that this TV movie won't qualify!!! The film is also rife with political intelligence at it is set against the backdrop of a summit being held in Reykjavik, Iceland.

This is a spectacular screenplay, delicately balanced and bittersweet, insightful and poignant.

THE GIRL IN THE CAFE is superb in every way.

Look for it on HBO right now!!! I believe it plays twice on the 28th and will assuredly be repeated many times this month!!!


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