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“The Girl in the Café”: I treasure this 2005 film, a mix of romance and political drama – Watch it below

The girl, Gina, an activist in her own blunt way, struck me as a prototypical Greta Thunberg, who burst on the scene 13 years later, with her irreverent “blah, blah, blah.”

No 2800 by fw, November 26, 2021 —

Movie Plot

Lawrence (Bill Nighy) is a reserved civil servant who has worked for the British government for years. When he meets the much younger Gina (Kelly Macdonald) in a café, he is immediately smitten. Feeling uncharacteristically impetuous, Lawrence invites her to join him on a business trip to Reykjavik for the G-8 summit. Gina, not one to suppress her views, stuns Lawrence when she bluntly directs her caustic political opinions to his boss, the UK’s Chancellor of the Exchequer, leaving Lawrence to balance his affection for her with the responsibilities of his position. Only at the film’s dramatic conclusion do we discover what triggered Gina’s emotional outburst.

Below is a link to the You Tube release, which, unfortunately, is age-restricted and only available for viewing on You Tube. To watch the film, click on “Watch on You Tube“. The picture quality seemed uneven and quite dark to me in places. Nevertheless, the dialog is brilliant and worth listening to. (As of January 18, 2020, the film has been viewed 422,065 times and received 629 comments.)

Along with the video, I have also posted the opening and closing hauntingly beautiful song, “Cold Water,” written and performed by Damien Rice. The lyrics are included below the song. (As of July 6, 2008, the song has been listened to 2,384,956 times and has received 546 comments).

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The Girl in the Café, HBO Films, 2005. (Published on You Tube January 18, 2020)

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Damien Rice – Cold Water (Album O) (Posted on You Tube July 6, 2008, by damienricemusic

Cold Water” Lyrics

Cold, cold water surrounds me now
And all I’ve got is your hand
Lord, can you hear me now?
Lord, can you hear me now?
Lord, can you hear me now?
Or am I lost?

Love one’s daughter
Allow me that
And I can’t let go of your hand
Lord, can you hear me now?
Lord, can you hear me now?
Lord, can you hear me now?
Or am I lost?

[chanting] Cold, cold water surrounds me now
And all I’ve got is your hand
Lord, can you hear me now?
Lord, can you hear me now?
Lord, can you hear me now?
Or am I lost?

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