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The Girl in the Café (2005)

TV-14 | | Drama, Romance | TV Movie 25 June 2005
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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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 6 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »
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Gina
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Sunita
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George
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Robert
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Chancellor
Federico Zanni ...
Italian Waiter
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Ruth
Damon Younger ...
Hotel Receptionist
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Waitress (as Marit Kile)
Philippe De Grossouvre ...
French Delegate
Louisa Bojesen ...
CNBC Newscaster
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German Senior Advisor (as Christian Pedersen)
Toshie Ogura ...
Japanese Delegate
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Storyline

Lawrence is a reserved civil servant who has worked for the British government for years. When he meets the much younger Gina in a café, he is immediately smitten. Feeling uncharacteristically impetuous, Lawrence invites her to join him on a business trip to Reykjavik for the G-8 summit. Gina, not one to hold her thoughts back, surprises Lawrence with her blunt political opinions, and he must balance his affection for her with the propriety of his position. Written by Jwelch5742

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

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Drama | Romance

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TV-14 | See all certifications »
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25 June 2005 (USA)  »

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Dziewczyna z kawiarni  »

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Goofs

G8 Summits are only held in the G8 nations - Canada, the US, Japan, Russia, Germany, Italy, France and Britain. A summit would not be meeting in Iceland. See more »

Quotes

Gina: Oh my God! I left my luggage at the airport.
Lawrence: It's in the back of the car.
Gina: Really?... cool!
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Crazy Credits

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 »

Connections

Version of Frühstück mit einer Unbekannten (2007) See more »

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Cold Water
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Written and Performed by Damien Rice
[heard at beginning and over end credits]
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Realistic. Touching. Unmissable.
26 June 2005 | by (Dublin, Ireland) – See all my reviews

Written to coincide with the Africa Lives series on the BBC and also the current Make Poverty History campaign, 'The Girl in the Cafe' is a superlative TV drama that makes its political points without resorting to grandstanding or heavy-handedness.

Played to absolute perfection by Bill Nighy and especially Kelly MacDonald, and written by Richard Curtis with his usual wry wit, this drama places a socially aware Everywoman in the same room as the world's most powerful politicians at a fictional G8 Summit in Reykjavik.

The blossoming romance of the two leads and the politics of the summit develop in perfect tandem, neither allowed to undermine the other. It is to Curtis's credit that he does not seek to provide an easy way out for any of the characters, nor does he wrap everything up in a neat bow at the climax.

This is one of the most accomplished TV dramas I have ever seen, and I can only hope that it achieves the profile elsewhere that its creative team and, more importantly, its message deserves.


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