Please don't hate me, I have to change the date! I'll be up in Oxford (for a reunion) the last Sun in Sept. But I think it is fortuitous as I really want to see Blue Jasmine and it might not be playing that long. So hopefully you can all still join for Woody Allen's latest! Since it is the earlier show as well, should leave time for a drink and a natter afterward!!
After his recent European excursions, the ever-prolific Woody Allen returns home with arguably a companion piece to such irony-tinged dramas as ALICE and HUSBANDS AND WIVES. Cate Blanchett shines as the eponymous Jasmine, whose glitzy New York life abruptly ends with her husband’s (Baldwin) suicide following the collapse of his financial empire.
Forced to move in with Ginger, her cheerfully working-class sister (Hawkins, MADE IN DAGENHAM), Jasmine rues the loss of her past life and grapples to find a solution to her economic woes, if not a way to recover her grandeur, preferably via marriage.
Self-obsessed and dismissive of Ginger and her immediate family, Jasmine somehow elicits our understanding and even sympathy. Much of the film’s power flows from Blanchett’s rivetingly nuanced performance, which is equally underpinned by one of Allen’s classic ensembles.