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The Girl in the Cafe [2005] [DVD]


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  • Actors: Bill Nighy, Kelly Macdonald, Anton Lesser, Ken Stott, Penny Downie
  • Directors: David Yates
  • Writers: Richard Curtis
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Widescreen, Dolby, Digital Sound
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: 2 Entertain Video
  • DVD Release Date: 25 July 2005
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009WL8QY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,831 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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BBC romantic drama written by Richard Curtis and starring Bill Nighy and Kelly MacDonald. Lawrence (Nighy) is a middle-aged civil servant who meets a mysterious young girl called Gina (Macdonald) in a café near Downing Street. As the mismatched couple start to fall in love, Lawrence invites Gina to the G8 summit meeting in Reykjavik, where he is joining the British delegation. While the politicians argue, the central goals of eliminating global poverty are sidelined, and Lawrence and Gina find their relationship becoming intertwined with the progress of the summit. Also featuring performances from Corin Redgrave and Ken Stott.

Synopsis

Lawrence (Bill Nighy) works for the Chancellor of the Exchequer and barely has time to lace his own shoes let alone conduct a relationship. Then he meets Gina (Kelly Macdonald), a pretty, instinctively reserved but highly enigmatic girl, in a London cafe. A friendship develops between the two, but both, consumed by years of loneliness are guarded.

Gina accompanies Lawrence to the G8 summit in Reykjavik where she surprises herself and shocks everyone else by challenging the conference's established agenda on global poverty. Lawrence is then forced to make an impossible decision - choose between the girl who has given him a new reason to live or the job he has devoted his life to. What will he decide and will the world leaders at the summit take notice of the girl from the cafe?


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4.3 out of 5 stars

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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By R. C. Harris TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 4 Nov 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I enjoyed this. But then, I've enjoyed all Richard Curtiss's work that I've seen.

It's a feel-good film, pure hokum but very well done. The acting is excellent, but you'd expect nothing else from Bill Nighy. And Kelly MacDonald fits the part beautifully. I hate those movies where the leading lady looks as if she has just stepped off the cat walk! Kelly gave the part depth and personality leaving both main roles believable, which was some achievement considering the story line!

An uncomplicated film for a wet afternoon or an evening when you just want to be entertained with a nice story. Well produced, great casting and very watchable.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By judy on 12 Sep 2010
Format: DVD
Ahh ,a movie of substance!This story really illustrates how powerful any one of us can be when we speak our truth simply and from the heart.
Amazing acting.I was caught up in its believability.
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87 of 95 people found the following review helpful By pinkytheone on 27 July 2005
Format: DVD
A romantic TV film with a political background. Ouch. And Richard Curtis is doing all those Hugh Grant in always the same kinda role films... What a difference Bill Nighy made! The kind of character was a typical Richard Curtis centre of the story character, but when Hugh Grant TRIES, Bill Nighy IS, and you absolutely believe what he's like on screen. Shy, awkward, polite, one can't help but falling in love with his character again and again. So is Kelly MacDonald (and I'm sure some male viewers felt the same way about her), both actors portraying people with a real twist. The chemistry is more than forcing, the both of them couldn't have been casted any better.
The story is a very quiet one. Slow, poetical, makes you smile from time to time, not only because laughing would disturb the mood (though the „disgusting pea soup" was ace!). The fact that it'll leave you breathless is not because it's so exciting, but you'll fear to ruin something when breathing too loudly. All in all it's one of the most tender and beautiful love stories of our time.
The political part? A fairy tale. A story one wishes to be true. Negative people might call it unrealistic and ridiculous, but this film is a dream, so that's alright. Still it's fiction and not a documentary. But it'll make you think for sure. And that's more than you can say about some ‚''political'' films.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. A. Ramos on 6 Oct 2007
Format: DVD
I saw this on it's televsion debut. And I have to say it was a wounderful story. Though it covers a serious topic, poverty and the G-8. I am sure that screenwriter Richard Curtis wrote this so that it would be released in time for everone to see it before the G-8 summit. And I hope they saw it. The G-8 summit was the weekend of 2 July 2005.

The film is a Romantic Comedy staring Bill Nighy as Lawrence, a financial advisor working for the Chancellor of the Exchequer of the U.K. And co-stars Kelly Macdonald as Gina, the young woman Lawrence meets in the Cafe. This unlikely couple strikes up a relationship of sorts. And Lawrence invites Gina to accompany him to Iceland, where he is attending the G-8 summit. Gina shows a genuine interest in Lawerence's work and she starts to make comments based on what she has learned from him. This ends up jeopardizing Lawrenes job. He has to decide what is more important, what may be his own happines or the career he spent years building.

The movie does get its political message out. Which I believe was to point out how important the G-8 summit is. And the power the eight members have to end world poverty. In the end though, I could not give it five stars because the fate of the desperate lives of Third World residents just cannot let you enjoy the story about two awkwardly shy people reaching out for each other. But given the subject matter the acting is superb, as is the direction.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mole TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 7 Jan 2011
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I found this to be a really great film; having seen it on the TV, I wanted to get the video. It is a love story between 2 slightly dysfunctional characters; Bill Nighy is superb as a civil servant with limited social skills, and the much under estimated Kelly McDonald plays a young woman with a tragic past.

The plot has a backdrop of a summit meeting between the various world powers; and the political views portrayed are as subtle as a half brick in a sock, applied to the side of the head. However, sometimes a quiet voice can be louder than all of the noise produced by those with nothing to actually say.

Overall, it is a very good film, well written, very well acted, beautifully directed and produced. It can make you feel sad, but it can also give you hope.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By K. Cains on 29 Jan 2009
Format: DVD
This is a beautiful, moving and very different film. I love things that take you outside the box. Not a conventional love story. Not the perfect match. Just touching.
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41 of 47 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Jun 2005
Format: DVD
Delivers an important message that has failed to reach billions simply and eloquently alongside a beautiful and honest love story. Perhaps one of the greatest movies I've ever seen. This film has it's critics - it's not glossy, it's by no means over the top. If your looking for a hollywood film, look elsewhere. If you're looking for a film that goes back to the basics of humanity, which rids every human being of any inequality, then you have found it. Personally, I'll be sharing this film with all of my friends. I reccomend everyone watch it at least once - even if you are well aware of the problems in Africa, even if you think there's nothing that can be done about the problems in Africa. It's a pertinent reminder in the form of a moving, touching and entertaining dialectic released at precisely the right time.
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