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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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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 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.

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Drama | Romance

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »
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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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Technical Specs

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

Prime Minister: [making a toast on the eve of the G8 summit] Let me start with the big thing. Five years' ago the world made a series of the most magnificent promises and we have determined to use this conference seriously to indent the most extreme curses of poverty in the world today. We shall not let them out of our sights even if we may not yet have the power to fullfil them all.
Gina: [quietly] That's not true. That's not true.
Prime Minister: [chortling] I'm sorry madam, but heckling isn't really a tradition at these gatherings.
Gina:
Prime Minister:
Gina:
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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 58th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (2006) See more »

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Somewhere There's an Island
(uncredited)
Written by Seaman Dan and Karl Neuenfeldt
Performed by Seaman Dan
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Profundly Deep Message Told in a Nuanced Way
28 June 2005 | by chronSee all my reviews

This movie is all about plot and character development. The two principal characters have a lot of depth. We learn more personal information about them and what motivates them as the story unfolds. The main male character was profoundly lonely and the enigmatic young woman was quite fascinating. The plot has a very compelling message about severe poverty and the toll it takes on some of the world's population.

This film resonated with me. I am still naive enough, at 45 years of age, to think that people or a person can make a difference. In spite of the daily realities we all face, I think it is important for people to at least feel that what they do matters. This movie sold that message in a way that had no hint of being superficial or patronizing.

The only criticism of the movie is the pace. It is a slow pace, but I found the plot interesting enough that it didn't detract. I am interested in global politics, and I found that part of the movie interesting in spite of the pace. My wife was bored with the pace and doesn't share my enthusiasm for the movie.

If you are interested in global politics and like movies with a strong character focus, this is a good one. If you need an energetic pace to your film, this movie suffers a bit.


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