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Issue: Spring 2013

Blue Jasmine (2013) movie review

A Socialite Sings the Blues

Once upon a time there was a professional girl named Jasmine (Cate Blanchett), who did what professional girls do, she quit college to marry well.

She became a professional wife, she wore the right clothes with the right shoes, gave dinner parties for the right people, signed whatever was put in front of her and never, never, bothered her head about business. She had everything she could want.

Except that her husband (Alex Baldwin) was a liar and a cheat, and now she's running on Xanax and having flashback conversations with invisible people in the street and moving across the country to move in with her adopted sister in San Francisco.

Movie poster, Blue Jasmine, Festivale film review; 220x315

Movie poster, Blue Jasmine

Whatever is a girl to do? She must take on something menial while she earns the money for schooling so that she can do something. But frankly all she's good at is marrying well.

Nancy Kilpatrick says:
The emotional heaviness is presented in a very modern and clippy story. Honestly, Cate Blanchett should win an Oscar for her performance, if this were a just world. The story reminded me a lot of Streetcar Named Desire -- two sisters (both adopted here), one marries up, and one down. Blanchett plays Jasmine (the Blanche Dubois character) in a performance of emotional range. Glad I saw this one.

Meanwhile she comes out of her vodka and Xanax haze often enough to notice her surroundings and decry her sister's taste in men.

Filmed away from Woody Allen's heartland (New York), but about a New Yorker, Blue Jasmine gives us a protagonist who refuses to redeem herself. The performances are able, the dialogue sometimes slips into trademark Allen rhythms, but it is a convincing portrayal of a collapsing universe.

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by Ali Kayn
Australian release 12 September 2013
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See also: Woody Allen (Hannah and Her Sisters, To Rome with Love, Midnight in Paris, You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger )

Just the facts:

Title: Blue Jasmine (2013)
Written by: Woody Allen
Directed by: Woody Allen
Running time: 98 mins

The Players: Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin, Peter Sarsgaard

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