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He's a shy civil servant (Bill Nighy, Love Actually) working for the British delegation to the 2005 G8 Summit. She's an alluring young woman (Kelly McDonald, Finding Neverland) he meets at a cafe - and invites her to the Summit on a whim. Together, this unlikely couple might just change history.
As a pop star on the comeback trail, Bill Nighy handily stole Love Actually away from his more famous co-stars. In BBC/HBO co-production The Girl in the Café, he takes the lead--and runs with it. Written by Richard Curtis (Notting Hill), the offbeat political-romance concerns Lawrence, a 57-year-old Londoner with a successful governmental career and nonexistent social life. One day he stops in a café and meets the mysterious, considerably younger Gina (Kelly Macdonald, Trainspotting). To their mutual amazement, they hit it off and agree to meet again (and yet again). Then he invites her to accompany him to the G8 Summit in Reykjavík, where she upends his carefully ordered world in ways both wonderful and terrible. Suddenly this "man who has nothing in his life but his work" must find a way to make room for something "tender and true." With Corin Redgrave as the Prime Minister. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
If you're a Bill Nighy fan as I am this film is charming, amusing and well-actedPublished 4 days ago by J.C.
Despite a promising story line, this one strikes me as a little too self-consciously cute, with characters that aren’t all that appealing. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Bryan
Loved it. British him our supporting a very important social need. Bill Nighy is a god.Published 4 months ago by CharmedMD
Very disappointing film for two such fine actors. Purchased mainly because of Kelly McDonald and Bill Nighy and, based on their acting skill and talent, they did not disappoint;... Read morePublished 7 months ago by NCSouthernBelle
This is not a comfortable movie to watch. Part of that is the heavy-handed message & part is the ineptness of the characters. Read morePublished 9 months ago by susankaye