The Girl in the Café

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Lawrence (Bill Nighy) is a reserved civil servant who has worked for the British government for years. When he meets the much younger Gina (Kelly Macdonald) in a café, he is immediately smitten. Feeling uncharacteristically impetuous, Lawrence invites her to join him on a business trip to Reykjavik for the G-8 summit. Gina, not one to hold her thoughts back, surprises Lawrence with her blunt political opinions, and he must balance his affection for her with the propriety of his position.

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  • Mar 03, 2012
    A great watch for Bill knightly here playing a withdrawn man working for the British goverment off to Iceland for G8 summit. but before that he meets a young atractive woman in a cafe, played nicely by Kelly Macdonald, and ends up connecting and taking her along to Iceland. what comes off as a relationship drama comes off really well as political commentary on G8 dealings in 2005 towards poverty in Africa, a topic the countries are tackling here or indeed trying to bury it. the two leads work very well together and keep it going, a political lesson that sneaks in when you dont expect it.
    scott g Super Reviewer
  • Sep 30, 2010
    Fumbling romance between Kelly Macdonald and Bill NIghy, given extra gravitas by setting it at the G8 summit in Reykjavki. Though poverty eradication doesn't stand much of a chance if the unassertive apologetic Nighy is its main proponent, stillll theres Ms Macdonald on hand to grandma how to suck eggs and ther'es a couple of nice reveals that give more depth to her apparently ingenue character.
    Lesley N Super Reviewer
  • Jun 08, 2010
    The age-crossing romance is quite perfect - less awkward than the one in <i>Lost in Translation</i> because there is no ambiguity as to the romance part. What really grinds my gears though is the unconvincing portrayal of the so-called humanitarian message. It smacks of being written by people who don't really know what goes on at the G8 conference. All of Gina's pleas are pathos and logos arguments that she just read about in a pamphlet. There is no exigence. We don't learn her ethos argument until the end, and even that is a stretch. The connection between the loss of a child due to domestic crime and the loss of children to worldwide poverty is too easy a motivation. All of the political elements are just easier-said-than-done.
    Alice S Super Reviewer
  • Jun 17, 2009
    Bill Nighy gives another brilliant performance as Lawrence, a middle-aged, lonely politician who one day, while sneaking out of work for a short coffee break, comes across a young girl in the café. Cramped conditions lead to him having to share a table with this girl, leading to an awkward series of uncomfortable conversations. A series of conversations, that both however enjoy. Nighy's shy and nervous Lawrence manages to pluck up the courage to invite this young girl, Gina, out to lunch. And so the strange relationship ensues, Attracted by his sweet naivety in relationships and women, Gina soon falls for Lawrence, as he does with her. However, things are not what they seem, many problems begin to occur. Lawrence's job as a member of the G8 conflict with Gina's personal opinions. And when Lawrence invites her to join him when he goes to the g8 conference, many more conflicts happen, soon resulting in Lawrence having to choose between his love, and his job. This is a fantastic film, a total surprise for me, as I, in fact, was not expecting much when i was first told to it, but by the end of the film i was loving every character. This is a surprisingly dramatic film that plucks at the heart strings of anyone who has ever felt loss in their life.
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