Blue Jas­mine

Sony Pic­tures Clas­sics Di­rected by Woody Allen 2013

NZ Today - - ON FILM -

Cate Blanchett just won the Best Ac­tress Os­car for her role in this Woody Allen clas­sic. There was no doubt in my mind she would win be­cause it is one of the most pow­er­ful, in­tense and re­lent­less per­for­mances I have seen in years. I was riv­eted and you will be too.

Blanchett is Jas­mine, a for­mer so­cialite whose fi­nancier hus­band, (played by Alec Bald­win) is ex­posed as a fraud and jailed. Jas­mine's posh Up­per East Side ex­is­tence is pulled from un­der her in one fell swoop and she is forced to seek refuge with her sis­ter in San Fran­cisco.

The sup­port­ing per­for­mances by Sally Hawkins as the long-suf­fer­ing sis­ter, Andrew Dice Clay as the sis­ter's es­tranged hus­band and Alec Bald­win are strong, but this is Blanchett's film.

She dis­plays pathos cloaked in bravado while main­tain­ing the most im­mac­u­late ap­pear­ance un­til the last har­row­ing scene. I found my­self phys­i­cally winc­ing in pain with her and feel­ing her shame and suf­fer­ing as she fol­lows her tra­jec­tory and its un­ex­pected de­noue­ment.

This is one of those per­for­mances that will stay with you for days. I can­not rec­om­mend it highly enough, but it is not an easy film to watch.

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