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
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The character of Jasmine Francis (Cate Blanchett) is based on Ruth Madoff, wife of Wall Street swindler Bernie Madoff. After Madoff's Ponzi scheme collapsed in 2008, he was sent to prison. Ruth Madoff moved to Boca Raton, Florida, where she lived in a condo with her sister, Joan Ramon, and Ramon's husband, both of whom had been victims of Bernie Madoff's swindle. After losing millions, Ramon and her husband were operating a car service to make ends meet. Also, like Jasmine, Ruth Madoff became estranged from her two sons, who had reported their father's Ponzi scheme to the SEC. While one of her sons, Mark, committed suicide in 2011, Ruth eventually reconciled with her other son, Andrew, and he provided a house for her to live in Old Greenwich, Connecticut. See more »
When we see Ginger and Al walking along the beach promenade the morning after the party, Ginger has a white handbag. She was carrying the pricey yellow Fendi (purchased for her by Jasmine in NYC) when she was at the party and she and Al have obviously been out all night. 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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