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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Details

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 »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Goofs

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: Oh my God! I left my luggage at the airport.
Lawrence: It's in the back of the car.
Gina: Really?... cool!
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Crazy Credits

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 »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Starálfur
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Written and Performed by Sigur Rós
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I love, love, love "The Girl in the Cafe"!!!
26 June 2005 | by tccandlerSee all my reviews

WOW! I just watched an absolutely brilliant film on HBO tonight. "The Girl in the Cafe" stars Bill Nighy and Kelly Macdonald in what I am sure will be one of the very best films of the year.

The film will, with 100% certainty, appeal to those who loved "Lost in Translation" and it will probably resonate with many of those who didn't like the characters in that film as much as the rest of us.

The two characters in this film are adorable, seemingly mismatched and yet a perfect relationship forms. Nighy & Macdonald deliver Oscar worthy performances... it is shame that this TV movie won't qualify!!! The film is also rife with political intelligence at it is set against the backdrop of a summit being held in Reykjavik, Iceland.

This is a spectacular screenplay, delicately balanced and bittersweet, insightful and poignant.

THE GIRL IN THE CAFE is superb in every way.

Look for it on HBO right now!!! I believe it plays twice on the 28th and will assuredly be repeated many times this month!!!


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