Blue Jasmine 2013

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Cate Blanchett stars as a former New York socialite teetering between her troubled past and a fresh start in San Francisco.

Starring:
Alec Baldwin, Cate Blanchett
Runtime:
1 hour 34 minutes

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Blue Jasmine

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Genres Drama
Director Woody Allen
Starring Alec Baldwin, Cate Blanchett
Supporting actors Louis C.K., Andrew Dice Clay, Peter Sarsgaard, Michael Stuhlbarg, Sally Hawkins, Bobby Cannavale
Studio Sony Pictures Classics
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3.7 out of 5 stars

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Lewisham Guy on 28 July 2014
Format: DVD
Although there are some funny scenes in this film by Woody Allen, it is really more a tragedy than a comedy. Over a long career, Allen's work reflects great insights into the psychology
of very conflicted people, especially women, as portrayed by Diane Keaton, Mia Farrow, and now in this movie, by Cate Blanchett as Jasmine and Sally Hawkins as Jasmine's sister, Ginger.
Both deserve high critical acclaim for their evocative performances. On the surface, Jasmine and Ginger have very different lives. Jasmine got extremely rich in New York, having married a successful businessman who turns out to be a swindler; Ginger got poor in San Francisco, having a knack for picking men who are losers. But as their lives intersect after Jasmine, now destitute following the conviction and suicide in prison of her husband, moves in with Ginger, they are both extraordinarily vulnerable, yet unable to help each other while they try to work out their lonely lives and unsuccessful love affairs. Of the two, Jasmine is the less sympathetic but perhaps more interesting for her continual self-deception even as she deceives others.
Her mental and emotional unravelling is painful to see. Ginger ultimately comes to terms with reality and accepts the limits of her circumstances in life and love. The story is believable, arresting, and disturbing. Just as you expect from Woody Allen at his best.
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48 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. W. Graham TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 Sep 2013
Format: DVD
A more serious film from Woody Allen, Blue Jasmine tells the story of Jasmine, a spoilt New York Socialite forced to move in with her sister in San Francisco after she loses her entire fortune after her husband is arrested for fraud. While not up there with Woody Allen's great films like Annie Hall or Manhatten, Blue Jasmine is one of his better recent films with excellent all round performances especially Cate Blanchett in the lead role and Alec Baldwin as her husband who appears via flashback. While Jasmine is a completely unsympathetic character and a snob at least to me anyway, it's Blanchett's superb performance one of her best in fact, that keeps you watching.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Susan Glazier on 6 Mar 2014
Format: DVD
This is a grim, but wonderfully acted, story about Jasmine, an unquestioning, super-rich, society wife who by a deliberate act of malice against her unscrupulous, unfaithful, con-man husband, causes her world to completely unravel, leaving her husband dead (from suicide in prison) and her with nothing. The film is about her attempts to put some of the pieces together after having a severe mental breakdown which was treated (we learn) by ECT. She is on the verge of madness throughout the film, covered by a seemingly sophisticated, upmarket veneer which she uses to function. Nevertheless, her attempts at re-educating herself and learning skills for the jobs market are hampered both by her poor mental state and what seems like confusion and memory loss, which could have been left by the ECT. She falls back on trying to find another rich husband to care for and pamper her as she has been used to. All goes horribly wrong. Although Jasmine is not a sympathetic character who seems to have learned nothing from her experiences, I did strangely feel sympathy for her and her predicament. The film is very interesting and thought provoking, wonderfully constructed and acted. The other thought I've recently had is that unfortunately no one was seeing Jasmine's madness (probably because of cultural factors) and taking her in hand either by seriously talking with her, checking on her medication or getting her more mental health support (ideally counselling). The film is a Greek tragedy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By An Old Greybeard on 5 Jun 2014
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Woody Allen can be compared to a well know beef extract: You either hate him or you love him ! He's llike a dog's hind leg- he's up and down and with Blue Jasmine he's really up and how! A marvellous set of characters with Cate Blanchette outstanding in the lead. Probably the best Allen of all time
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Allychiz on 28 April 2014
Format: DVD
Mesmerizing Cate. That's all I can say. It is one of her best performances. It's a beautifully acted emotional film.
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Mr Allen and Madame Bovary,
For a whole, long life, Woody Allen has had his gaze directed toward the type of woman, who may best be compared to Flaubert's Madame Bovary: A girl/woman who believes herself to be romanticly interesting and artistically gifted. A selfcentered, egotistical person, who casts herself in the role of the femme-fatale, a woman like Blue Jasmine.
But how fatale is she really? What we see in the film is an ex-fatale, who has lost her grip, and her footing. But in some way she is fatal to herself, and to everybody else in her nearest family.
Like In Madame Bovary, a lot of role-playing and mise-en-scene is going on, instigated by Blue Jasmine. Cate Blanchett plays the role of Blue Jasmine in a way which challenges our compassion and prejudice. We come to like this unlikeable woman. Are we simply victims of her expert charm? After all, she has the black belt in being a trophee wife, and hostess.
Her sister, who takes her into her home and family, seems to become a victim, not just loosing her fortune, but suddenly wanting to change her life. In her clumsy attempt to cast herself in a new, different role, comedy enters this tragic film, and makes everything seem lighter, though not optimistic: what we see is, that Blue Jasmine has lived a life with a wrong perception of herself, and the world surrounding her.
It is hard to believe, that she may eventually "rise like a phoenix from the ashes", and if she does, will she have learned from her experience? Or will she go on doing what she does best, and go on being the person her Mother created?
There are a couple of hints to Romanticism, my favorite, literary -ism: her name, for one. The over all theme in the film of growing up/ or not growing up. The lack of knowledge of herself.
There is a lot more to be said about this film, it is well worth seeing more than once.

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