A Woody Allen movie often has a characteristic in common with his films, a neurotic character stumbling about after losing love, until they find the right person. Cate Blanchett takes the reigns as the title character Jasmine, in a change from her usual elegant roles.
With her life coming to pieces around her, and she is no longer part of the rich social circles she has grown accustom to, Jasmine seeks help from her poorer sister. Moving in with her sister Ginger (Sally Hawkins), meaning Sally’s boyfriend can not move in as planned, Jasmine begins her search for a replacement husband in a bid to regain her status and life in high society.
Taking a look at what money can and can’t buy, Blue Jasmine provides a large helping of laughs as the two sisters go about the twists in their love lives.
There are three main threads to the story, namely Jasmine’s love life, Ginger’s love life, and the events that both pull them together, and push them apart, while reflecting on those things that motivate everyone’s actions, whether they be material, love or just acceptance.
Blue Jasmine is a comedy that will prompt a fair amount of soul searching from viewers. It opens 20 December 2013 on SA screens.