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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.

Director:

David Yates

Writer:

Richard Curtis
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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 6 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bill Nighy ... Lawrence
Kelly Macdonald ... Gina
Meneka Das ... Sunita
Anton Lesser ... George
Paul Ritter ... Robert
Ken Stott ... Chancellor
Federico Zanni ... Italian Waiter
Penny Downie ... Ruth
Damon Younger ... Hotel Receptionist
Nína Dögg Filippusdóttir ... Assistant Receptionist
Marit Velle Kile Marit Velle Kile ... Waitress (as Marit Kile)
Philippe De Grossouvre Philippe De Grossouvre ... French Delegate
Louisa Bojesen Louisa Bojesen ... CNBC Newscaster
Christian Rubeck ... German Senior Advisor (as Christian Pedersen)
Toshie Ogura 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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama | Romance

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Official Sites:

BBC [UK] | HBO [United States]

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

25 June 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Girl in the Café See more »

Filming Locations:

Iceland See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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

Gina: Aren't you going to kiss me good night?
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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

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

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"Falling' (uncredited)
Written by ;Steve Isles (I)' and Jamie Cullum
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Realistic. Touching. Unmissable.
26 June 2005 | by HobbesdawnSee 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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