Monday, 15 December 2008
The Girl in the Cafe 
Directed by British filmmaker David Yates, The Girl in the Café could easily lay claim to a unique fact – this could possibly be the only romantic comedy set on the backdrop of the G8 summit (sounds an oxymoron, doesn’t it?)! This is the tale of a serendipitous romantic affair that develops between a middle aged civil servant working under the Chancellor of Exchequer of the British government, and a sweet-natured though strangely outspoken young lady with a mysterious past. Filled with delightfully oddball comic moments as well as a strong political commentary, this is one movie one can’t help but like despite its shortcomings. Whenever the simplistic (and lets face it, amateurish) political overtones bordering on naiveté, and the impractical pseudo-moral outbursts of the lady seem to come into the way of viewing pleasure, Bill Nighy with his brilliant display of situational comedy and subtle mannerisms as the mild-natured bureaucrat who thinks and thinks again before acting, and the charming chemistry between the two protagonists, manage to save the day.
Director: David Yates
Genre: Comedy/Romantic Comedy/Comedy Drama