An elderly Margaret Thatcher talks to the imagined presence of her recently deceased husband as she struggles to come to terms with his death while scenes from her past life, from girlhood to British prime minister, intervene.
Richard E. Grant
Jasmine French used to be on the top of the heap as a New York socialite, but now is returning to her estranged sister in San Francisco utterly ruined. As Jasmine struggles with her haunting memories of a privileged past bearing dark realities she ignored, she tries to recover in her present. Unfortunately, it all proves a losing battle as Jasmine's narcissistic hangups and their consequences begin to overwhelm her. In doing so, her old pretensions and new deceits begin to foul up everyone's lives, especially her own. Written by
Kenneth Chisholm (firstname.lastname@example.org)
When Jasmine is taking her nephews out to Chuck E. Cheese Pizza, she jokes and tells them she doubts her sister is on a date at Chuck E. Cheese. There are no Chuck E. Cheese restaurants in San Francisco. See more »
[breaking down crying]
I can't sleep. I... I'm a nervous wreck.
Oh for Christ's sake.
I can't get you off'a my head.
Stop it. Will you stop crying? There's people around.
I don't know what I'm gonna do without you! I don't!
Stop it, stop it! Please. Sir, would you like to sit in my office?
No! But I appreciate it anyway.
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Black Snake Swing
aka "Black Snake Blues"
Composed by Victoria Spivey
Performed by Joe Oliver (as King Oliver)
Courtesy of The Verve Music Group
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises See more »
I thought this was Woody Allen's best film in years. The script was better written than I expected from him at this point, given his more recent turns toward drama, and the laughs are often derived as much from the dark humor in the characters' situations as from snappy punch lines. Kudos to Cate Blanchett who turns in a stellar performance, actors sometimes broadly interpret Woody's neurotic characters for comedic effect, more the way Woody would play the role (think Judy Davis), but Cate very effectively plays it straight and my guess is she'll be taking home the next best actress Oscar. For me the biggest surprise was Andrew Dice Clay, who gives a surprising nuanced performance as a working class guy bitter about having been screwed over by big shots, and in some ways his character morally anchors the film. Good job, Woody.
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