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Woody Allen is well-known for creating neurotic, dysfunctional characters, many of which are played by him. Though he tends now to appear less frequently in his films, the stars he directs — in this case Cate Blanchett — become vessels for his nervous vulnerability and charming funniness. Here, the famed director blends comedy with more serious drama, in a loose homage to the work of Tennessee Williams. Blanchett plays Jasmine, who is 'blue' because her status as a wealthy New York socialite has been destroyed, along with her marriage to a shamed conman. Arriving in San Francisco to stay with her sister, Ginger, whose less high-class ways she is disdainful of, Jasmine tries to build a new life, while teetering on the edge of mental breakdown.
A memorable performance from a young Marlon Brando, this is a powerful adaptation of the Tennessee Williams play.
14+ years 119 mins
Early film from acclaimed Spanish director Pedro Almodovar, featuring his trademark strong female characters, farcical comedy and melodrama.
14+ years 85 mins
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