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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

The Girl in the Cafe by David Yates, 2005 (TV-14)

With Bill Nighy (Wild Target, Total Recall, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Rango), Kelly Macdonald (Boardwalk Empire), Ken Stott, Corin Redgrave, Wolf Kahler, Penny Downie (Invictus), Marit Kile, Anton Lesser, Meneka Das, Martin McDougall, Louisa Bojesen

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.

April 2010: TV movies are not all bad. They can actually have a very decent content, great actors and an actual aesthetic. I was amazed by Kelly Mcdonald, although I couldn't stop thinking how much she was reminding me of Kate Winslet. And I think I adore Billy Nighy's sense of humor (I'm sure it's his considering he has the same ways in all his movies). Anyway, It is sensible, very interesting in a political point of view and a beautiful love story. What more to ask?

Update 08/2012: Ah, just found out the author is the author of the movies "Love Actually" and "Four Weddings and a Funeral". And the director directed the last two "Harry Potter".

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