In Blue Jasmine, Woody Allen’s portrays a fallen Manhattan socialite (Cate Blanchett) in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis.
Trying to adjust to her new life after her husband was struck by a Madoff-like scandal in New York, Jasmine French (Blanchett) flies in to San Francisco to her sister’s (Sally Hawkins).
Deeply troubled, Jasmine has lost everything and needs a place to stay. Often unhinged, sometimes haughty, her attitude contrasts with her sister Ginger’s benevolent welcome and modest lifestyle, while Ginger’s family consents to putting on their best efforts.
As East meets West, the fragile sister duo must overcome not only a dramatic personal choc, but also a cultural and social one, as well as Jasmine’s struggling reinvention as a newly independent woman.
Drama written and directed by Woody Allen, also starring Alec Baldwin and Peter Sarsgaard, Blue Jasmine was released in 2013, with a background set in the historical landmark of the 2008 financial crisis.
‘A New York socialite, deeply troubled and in denial, arrives in San Francisco to impose upon her sister. She looks a million, but isn’t bringing money, peace, or love…’
‘Jasmine French used to be on the top of the heap as a New York socialite, but now is returning to her estranged sister in San Francisco utterly ruined. As Jasmine struggles with her haunting memories of a privileged past bearing dark realities she ignored, she tries to recover in her present. Unfortunately, it all proves a losing battle as Jasmine’s narcissistic hangups and their consequences begin to overwhelm her. In doing so, her old pretensions and new deceits begin to foul up everyone’s lives, especially her own.’ – Written by Kenneth Chisholm
Budget: $18,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend: $612,064 (USA) (26 July 2013)
Gross: $33,404,871 (USA) (28 March 2014)
Ratings: 7.3/10 from 112,658 users
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