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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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Cast

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Waitress (as Marit Kile)
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German Senior Advisor (as Christian Pedersen)
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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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Drama | Romance

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25 June 2005 (USA)  »

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Dziewczyna z kawiarni  »

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Goofs

When Lawrence checks into the hotel in Reykjavik he is told by the clerk that he is in room 5021. However later when he and Gina are walking down the hotel hallway to the room they go to 5121. See more »

Quotes

Lawrence: Oh, God! It's a double bed.
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Quote at the end of the movie: "Sometime it falls upon a generation to be great. You can be that great generation." Nelson Mandela, 2005 See more »

Connections

Featured in The 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards (2006) See more »

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Perfume River Song
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Arranged by Richard Harvey
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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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