The Girl in the Café

The Girl in the Café

Director: David Yates Cast: Bill Nighy, Kelly MacDonald, Corin Redgrave


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Produced for HBO, the Capraesque romantic comedy The Girl in the Café stars Bill Nighy as Lawrence, a mild and unprepossessing British civil servant assigned to his country's delegation at the G8 Summit in Reykjavik, Iceland. Although he'd resigned himself to a life of lonely bachelorhood, Lawrence finds himself drawn to Gina (Kelly MacDonald), a odd, outspoken young woman whom he has met in a café. On a whim, the shy Lawrence invites the decidedly un-shy Gina to accompany him to Reykjavik. The burgeoning relationship between these two seemingly mismatched souls is counterpointed by the political jockeying at the conference, where the avowed purpose of G8 -- to adopt the all-important Millennium Development Goals as a means of reducing world poverty -- is obscured by egomania, xenophobia, and foot-dragging. Ultimately, the time comes when both Lawrence and Gina must make crucial decisions, with not only their own future but also the future of humankind in the balance. Written by Richard Curtis of Four Weddings and a Funeral fame, The Girl in the Café first aired on June 25, 2005.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/21/2012
UPC: 0883316476635
Original Release: 2005
Source: Hbo Archives
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:35:00
Sales rank: 31,526

Special Features

Closed Caption; Audio commentary with writer Richard Curtis and director David Yates; Behind-the-scenes featurette; Deleted scenes

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bill Nighy Lawrence
Kelly MacDonald Gina
Corin Redgrave Prime Minister
Meneka Das Sunita
Anton Lesser George
Penny Downie Ruth
Paul Ritter Robert
Wolf Kahler Herr Gerhardt
Louisa Bojesen CNBC Newscaster
Philippe De Grossouvre French Senior Advisor
Martin McDougall American Senior Advisor
Christian Pedersen German Senior Advisor
Toshie Ogura Japanese Delegate
Madeleine Potter American Finance Minister
Peter Rnic Russian Finance Minister
Ken Stott Chancellor of the Exchequer
Alyshia Westlake Canadian Delegate
Marit Kile Waitress
Fran Purcell Secretary
Simon Wilson Journalist
Damon Younger Hotel Receptionist
Federico Zanni Italian Waiter
Richard Curtis Actor

Technical Credits
David Yates Director
Paul Abbott Executive Producer
Richard Curtis Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Mark Day Editor
Julie Fardner Executive Producer
Julie Gardner Executive Producer
Nicholas Hooper Score Composer
Hilary Bevan Jones Producer
Candida Otton Producer,Production Designer
Chris Seager Cinematographer
Fiona Weir Casting

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Girl in the Cafe
1. Directly Opposite [5:59]
2. Second Cup [3:12]
3. Reykjavik [2:17]
4. Double Bed [6:14]
5. The G8 [:46]
6. Trouble Sleeping [6:52]
7. A Security Issue [3:56]
8. A Chance For Change [2:20]
9. The Millennium Issue [4:44]
10. Credits [4:22]

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The Girl in the Café 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Heidi_G More than 1 year ago
Although the plot seems implausable, the two lead actors make the film work. 50-something British civil servant Lawrence and much-younger Gina meet in a cafe, seem to have a short, no-phyical-contact relationship, and he invites her to the G8 Summit in Iceland. After hearing about the summit attendees could make a difference in the plight of thousands of dying children, Gina voices her concerns in inopportune times. Sad, shy Lawrence knows Gina is a gem but reluctantly accompanies her to the airport. The sweet romance strikes just the right chord.
movienut2001 More than 1 year ago
This is a quiet love story and a good deal more... witty, charming, engaging and provocative.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
There should be more movies like this one. It made me want to buy the movie just to share it with as many people as I could. We all need to educate ourselves, even through a movie
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw this on HBO and was caught by surprise at how a seemingly rather dull film turned into an amazingly interesting and thoughtful look at both relationships and world affairs. I have thought about this movie many times since.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In the beginning the male character was so painfully shy that it was almost hard to watch nevertheless, the performances by the actors and the message was riveting. I only wish the real world would right itself as this movie demonstrated. The power of one was the clear point and well taken.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This well-crafted story quickly has you cheering for its two quirky characters. It takes a little bit of "suspension of disbelief" to accept the premise of the story but it is so artfully acted that you flow with the story. By the end, I was hoping for a sequel that would tell me what happened in the intervening years.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first saw part of this movie on cable. The part I did see so intrigued me I wanted to see the remainder. I finally got my chance to see all of it, and thereafter saw it a number of times. It is well worth the viewing for the acting as well as the message it carries. I intend to purchas it. Each time I watch it I see something different about it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"The Girl in the Cafe" is a great movie to spur thoughts of what we need to do to make the world better. I'm glad that it uses real-life situations to show the viewers what's important in the world, such as taking care of the impoverished children in Africa. It definitely got me thinking.