2005   UK The Girl in the Cafe
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Director:David Yates
Studio:Hbo Home Video
Writer:Richard Curtis
IMDb Rating:7.5 (5,473 votes)
Awards:Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 6 wins & 6 nominations
Genre:Romance, Politics
Duration:95 min
Languages:English, French
David Yates  ...  (Director)
Richard Curtis  ...  (Writer)
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  ...  Waitress (as Marit Kile)
Philippe De Grossouvre  ...  French Delegate
Louisa Bojesen  ...  CNBC Newscaster
Christian Rubeck  ...  German Senior Advisor
Toshie Ogura  ...  Japanese Delegate
Chris Seager  ...  Cinematographer
Comments: Love can't change what's wrong in the world. But it's a start.

Watching this I kept thinking Bill Nighy's performance would wear out or he wouldn't be able to sustain it. Wrong. Beyond the sheer joy of his performance is a pretty good slap in the G8 summit's face. The politics are solid in this film, the emotions are fragile. "I fear you'd think less of her if she were with me." Ouch.

Summary: A May-December comedy becomes a political drama. Lawrence, a spindly, self-effacing civil servant, is a senior researcher for the Chancellor of the Exchequer, preparing for a G-8 summit that will determine the scope of the world's effort to reduce extreme poverty. In a crowded café, he chats awkwardly with Gina, a young Scot with time on her hands. They share a couple of meals, and he invites her to accompany him to the summit in Reykjavík. Once there, as romance blooms, Gina's past, Lawrence's work and proclivity to compromise, and the presence of ministers and presidents spur her to act.

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