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The Girl in the Café (2005)

TV Movie  |  TV-14  |   |  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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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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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: Is all right good enough? Is all right good enough for you, Mr. Gerhardt?
Chancellor of the Exchequer: I think all right is a lot more than many expected.
Gina: So lots more mothers die the day they give birth? Lots more children die before they're five? Lots and lots more die of diseases that are just a jab and a jolt to people like you and me?
Herr Gerhardt: Young lady, I think it might be helpful for you to look at it the other way around - thousands will benefit from what we do today.
Gina: I can see that, it's just, you know... tough, for those...
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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 »

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Tender movie both funny and stirring in that it has a good message.
29 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was a delightful movie. The cinematography was excellent as was the acting by Bill Nighy. It is a tender story with a message. Enjoyed the scenery as well as the characterizations. We stumbled on it on HBO and hope that it will receive a wider audience than just television. It is very timely. I enjoy Bill Nighy; have seen him in other movies but especially remember him in Love, Actually. Gina was also delightful and her last line "does it matter?" was very powerful. All of the G8 group who appeared to be interested in doing good were conflicted especially the Americans. Real problems are mentioned here and that is always a positive.


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