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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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Damon Younger ...
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Nína Dögg Filippusdóttir ...
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Philippe De Grossouvre ...
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Louisa Bojesen ...
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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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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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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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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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