Saturday, May 20, 2006

One for your Netflix cue

There is a great movie that came out last year, which I cannot recommend enough. It is called simply, "The Girl in the Café". Richard Curtis, who was also responsible for writing one of my guilty pleasures "Love Actually", wrote the screenplay for this film.

He brings with him, Bill Nighy, the actor who played the aging rock star in "Love Actually". In this film Nighy plays Lawrence, a lonely civil servant. He falls for a significantly younger woman named Gina (Kelly Macdonald) that he meets in a local café in London. When he takes her to the G8 Summit in Reykjavik, Lawrence is torn between Gina's newfound political zeal and his own professional obligations.

In my humble opinion, this is one of the best films to be made in several years. It is essentially a love story, but it is so much more than that. It tackles major political and humanitarian issues as well. Not only does it address this important subject matter, it does it without resorting to grandstanding or heavy-handedness in any way. It is a simple film, but a very powerful one.

This is not an easy film to find in your local video store, but it is not to be missed. Trust me on this one.


Blogger anne altman said...

where are the flicks where the broken old broad gets to get it on with the hot young guy?

guess there's just harold and maude?

12:46 PM  
Blogger Peter Matthes said...

He's not a broken old guy.
At very least he's not irreparable.

It's really a nice movie.

Much better than Baby Geniuses 1 and 2 (Superbabies)

3:08 PM  
Blogger Dreamlover said...

Well, he looks much better in this movie then he did in Love Actually.

It's true though, why do the ornery old guys always get cute young girls and the older cute woman don't really get hot young men, well at least not in films!!!

7:06 PM  
Blogger LaineyWorld said...

Thanks for the recommendation, Peter. I'm a complete movie geek and I'll add this to my Netflix queue, although with 250 disks already sitting there, its going to take me awhile to work my way to it.

2:20 AM  
Blogger NineteenEIGHTY said...

Thanks for the recommendation.. I simply love Love Actually! Will try to get it...

5:11 AM  
Blogger James said...

I just bought the Love Actually DVD. It's my secret movie.

7:57 PM  
Blogger anne altman said...

Anyone see Annoyed Actually?

7:46 PM  
Blogger EmmaK said...

I saw this the other day. The first half was touching, Bill Nighy is brilliant as the repressed yet subtley charming civil servant. But the bits in Iceland where his lady love squares up to the Minister of Defence and the Prime Minister were so unrealistic that I couldn't finally swallow the overtly simplistic message about curing world hunger.

8:41 AM  

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