Blue Jasmine 2013

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Woody Allen writes and directs this award-winning comedy drama starring Cate Blanchett, Peter Saarsgard and Sally Hawkins. Single, broke and suffering from a nervous breakdown, housewife Jasmine (Blanchett) travels from New York to San Francisco to stay with her sister Ginger (Hawkins). While Ginger encourages her to become an interior designer, Jasmine's snobbish outlook causes her to question her sister's taste in men. Before she can find success in interior design Jasmine's lack of funds force her to reluctantly take on a job as a receptionist, but when she encounters a diplomat, Dwight (Saarsgard), who falls for her, she begins to find some hope. The ensemble cast also features Alec Baldwin, Louis C.K., Andrew Dice Clay and Bobby Cannavale. The film was nominated for three Academy Awards - Best Actress (Blanchett), Best Supporting Actress (Hawkins) and Best Original Screenplay (Allen) - and saw Blanchett pick up the Golden Globe for Best Actress - Drama and the BAFTA for Best Leading Actress.

Starring:
Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin
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Blue Jasmine

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  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 38 minutes
Starring Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin, Peter Sarsgaard, Louis C.K., Bobby Cannavale, Andrew Dice Clay, Sally Hawkins, Michael Stuhlbarg
Director Woody Allen
Genres Comedy
Studio Warner Bros
Rental release 18 April 2014
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 38 minutes
Starring Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin, Peter Sarsgaard, Louis C.K., Bobby Cannavale, Andrew Dice Clay, Sally Hawkins, Michael Stuhlbarg
Director Woody Allen
Genres Comedy
Studio Warner Bros
Rental release 18 April 2014
Main languages English

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45 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. W. Graham VINE 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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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Susan Glazier on 6 Mar 2014
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By maggiew on 26 May 2014
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This is a real tour de force by CB. Excellent movie and Woody Allan back on form. Thoroughly enjoyed the movie and would recommend.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Winson on 8 May 2014
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Cate Blanchett and the other actors deserved all the praise she got, a thought provoking in sightful film which i would highly recommend.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Allychiz on 28 April 2014
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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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1 of 1 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By irena valchera on 9 July 2014
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I loved every minute of it , but I am a great fun of Woody Allen films.
He is a genius. It is beautifully shot with great music and richness of characters as is so typical of all his film protagonists. There is a special charm , humor , drama , in a word - Life, excellentelly observed.
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41 of 52 people found the following review helpful By L. Power TOP 500 REVIEWER on 16 Oct 2013
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I bought a ticket to this movie knowing absolutely nothing about it, and almost immediately as it began I knew I was watching a Woody Allen movie.

I cannot say exactly why this is so. Perhaps it was the richness of the character study, and the fact that Allen writes so excellently for female characters. In any event, Cate Blanchett's character, and her brilliant performance of this down on her luck former socialite married to a conman husband played by Alec Baldwin, may be the best female character performance you will see on a movie screen this year, and Blanchett's performance is probably the most Oscar worthy I have seen so far.

Set in San Francisco in the present day it unfolds the complex relationship of two sisters, one upper class but fallen on hard times, and her working class sister who makes working class choices. Because it unfolds in a non linear fashion it appears to dip randomly into different events over a period of about 15 years or so, and we understand why the sister is working class.

One of the themes of the movie is honesty, and facing reality, and Jasmine makes choices that seem oblivious to it. She fibs and tells little lies, at one level self deceptive, and at another deceptive of others. We may not like her for this, but if you're like me, I felt tremendous compassion for her, even loved her in spite of everything, which is not often I feel that way about a character. She suffers from severe anxiety, and the events she has to undergo take a toll on her. One particular choice she makes has particularly severe repercussions, yet in the moment we fully understand it.

I think it is fair to say moving to Europe and making films there has been wonderful for Woody Allen.
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