A movie about per­sonal and his­tor­i­cal tra­di­tion not heart­break

Malta Independent - - CINEMA -

Set in the 1930s, Woody Allen’s bit­ter­sweet ro­mance Café So­ci­ety fol­lows Bronx-born Bobby Dorf­man (Jesse Eisen­berg) to Hol­ly­wood, where he falls in love, and back to New York, where he is swept up in the vi­brant world of high so­ci­ety night­club life.

Cen­ter­ing on events in the lives of Bobby’s col­or­ful Bronx fam­ily, the film is a glit­ter­ing valen­tine to the movie stars, so­cialites, play­boys, debu­tantes, politi­cians, and gang­sters who epit­o­mized the ex­cite­ment and glam­our of the age.

Bobby’s fam­ily fea­tures his re­lent­lessly bick­er­ing par­ents Rose (Jean­nie Ber­lin) and Marty (Ken Stott), his ca­su­ally amoral gang­ster brother Ben (Corey Stoll); his good-hearted teacher sis­ter Eve­lyn (Sari Len­nick), and her eg­ghead hus­band Leonard (Stephen Kunken). For the hooli­gan Ben, there are no ques­tions that can’t be an­swered with brute force, but the oth­ers are more likely to pon­der deeper mat­ters, like right and wrong, life and death, and the com­mer­cial vi­a­bil­ity of re­li­gion.

Seek­ing more out of life, Bobby flees his fa­ther’s jewelry store for Hol­ly­wood, where he works for his high-pow­ered agent un­cle Phil (Steve Carell). He soon falls for Phil’s charm­ing as­sis­tant Von­nie (Kris­ten Stewart), but as she’s in­volved with an­other man, he set­tles for friend­ship.

Clas­si­fi­ca­tion 12A

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