The Girl in the Café (The Girl in the Cafe)

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Produced for HBO, the Capraesque romantic comedy The Girl in the Café stars Bill Nighy as Lawrence, a mild and unprepossessing British civil servant assigned to his country's delegation at the G8 Summit in Reykjavik, Iceland. Although he'd resigned himself to a life of lonely bachelorhood, Lawrence finds himself drawn to Gina (Kelly MacDonald), a odd, outspoken young woman whom he has met in a café. On a whim, the shy Lawrence invites the decidedly un-shy Gina to accompany him to Reykjavik. The burgeoning relationship between these two seemingly mismatched souls is counterpointed by the political jockeying at the conference, where the avowed purpose of G8 -- to adopt the all-important Millennium Development Goals as a means of reducing world poverty -- is obscured by egomania, xenophobia, and foot-dragging. Ultimately, the time comes when both Lawrence and Gina must make crucial decisions, with not only their own future but also the future of humankind in the balance. Written by Richard Curtis of Four Weddings and a Funeral fame, The Girl in the Café first aired on June 25, 2005.


Bill Nighy
as Lawrence
Ken Stott
as Chancellor
Corin Redgrave
as Prime Minister
Meneka Das
as Sunita
Wolf Kahler
as Herr Gerhardt
Louisa Bojesen
as CNBC Newscaster
Martin McDougall
as American Senior Advisor
Philippe De Grossouvre
as French Senior Advisor
Christian Pedersen
as German Senior Advisor
Toshie Ogura
as Japanese Delegate
Damon Younger
as Hotel Receptionist
Wolf Khaler
as Herr Gerhadt
Toshi Ogura
as Japanese Delegate
Peter Rnic
as Russian Finance Minister
Madeleine Potter
as Secretary of the Treasury
Alyshia Westlake
as Canadian Delegate
Alysha Westlake
as Canadian Delegate
Marit Kile
as Waitress
Fran Purcell
as Secretary
Simon Wilson
as Journalist
Federico Zanni
as Italian Waiter
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Critic Reviews for The Girl in the Café (The Girl in the Cafe)

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (1) | Fresh (4)

  • Understated and moving.

    Dec 20, 2005

    Brian Lowry

    Top Critic
  • A dupla principal é impecável, o roteiro de Curtis é inteligente e recheado de bons diálogos, mas a mensagem política, apesar de bem intencionada, é ingênua e soa artificial.

    Sep 27, 2005 | Rating: 4/5
  • Nighy, Macdonald, and Curtis have never been better than in their work here.

    Sep 3, 2005 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Girl in the Café (The Girl in the Cafe)

  • 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.
    Cassandra M Super Reviewer

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