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Blue Jasmine

After recent excursions to Paris (Midnight in Paris) and Rome (To Rome with Love), Woody Allen returns to American shores with his latest film, Blue Jasmine. Featuring a wonderful ensemble cast that includes Cate Blanchett (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Hanna), Alec Baldwin (To Rome with Love, Rock of Ages), Sally Hawkins (Jane Eyre, Made in Dagenham), and Peter Sarsgaard (AMC’s The Killing, An Education), the film follows a high-society New York housewife who is forced to deal with the economic and emotional consequences of her husband’s crooked financial dealings.

Jasmine (Blanchett) is used to a life of wealth and privilege, but when her husband Hal (Baldwin) is jailed for a Madoff-like Ponzi scheme, she loses everything and is forced to move in with her blue-collar sister Ginger (Hawkins) in San Francisco. As she struggles to build a new life for herself without her husband’s illicitly obtained wealth, she must learn to accept her new reality and face up to the past.

In terms of Allen’s body of work, Blue Jasmine is more Crimes and Misdemeanors than Midnight in Paris, combining the writer-director’s characteristic humour and ongoing fascination with love, desire, and fate with a timely and resonant examination of contemporary morality. Propelled by an extraordinary performance from Blanchett, and featuring surprising turns by comedians Louis C.K. and Andrew Dice Clay, Blue Jasmine is a thoughtful and heartrending examination of what it means to lose everything.


"Awards season is declared officially open as Cate Blanchett becomes an early frontrunner for best actress with this magnificent portrayal of a woman on the edge." - Mark Kermode, The Guardian

"A sharply observed, post-economic crash comedy-drama that boasts a formidable performance by Cate Blanchett and addresses such pertinent real-world concerns as class, gender and corporate criminality in urban America." - Geoff Pevere, Globe and Mail

"A meaty, fully realized drama that cleverly functions as both an update of "A Streetcar Named Desire" and a satire on One Percent excess." - Justin Chang, Variety

Director: Woody Allen
Cast: Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin, Sally Hawkins, Louis C.K., Andrew Dice Clay, Peter Sarsgaard
Year: 2013
Runtime: 98 minutes
Country: USA
Language: English
Distributor: Mongrel

Ratings: ON NR / BC NR / AB NR / SK NR / MB NR / QC NR / Maritmes NR


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