Blue Jasmine

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Blue Jasmine is an American drama directed by Woody Allen, starring Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin, Sally Hawkins, Peter Sargsgard. It was released in 2013 in America.

Chic and stylish woman Jasmine (Cate Blanchett) from New York comes to her sister Ginger (Sally Hawkins) in San Francisco. Yesterday she was on the top of the world, but today she is a loser. She loses luxurious life, stylishness and money. It is all because of her husband, Hal (Alec Boldwin). He lies to her, has affairs with his secretary, trainer and a model and as a result leaves her without a penny in her pocket.

Jasmine suffers nervous breakdowns, drinks a lot of alcohol and takes antidepressants. She decides to start a new life, but it is hard to succeed without education and experience. Jasmine wants to be an interior designer and to fulfill the dream she works at the reception in the dental clinic. Her beauty charms dentist and he courts Jasmine. Such situation is not according to her plan, after all she quits this job.

Once at the party, Jasmine meets Peter Dwight (Peter Sargsgaard), a diplomat with good incomes. She hides unfavorable aspects of her life to look more substantial for him. They embark on an affair and soon couple is going to get married. Suddenly, Ginger`s ex-husband Augie (Andrew Dice Clay) reveals Jasmine`s secrets. Peter breaks off relations, leaving her in despair. After all, woman decides to make amends to his son and find him, but Danny (Alden Ehrenreich) cannot forgive her. Being a burden for everybody, Jasmine lies about carefree future with Peter and leaves sister`s house. Having lost everything, she comes to the park, where she sits, talks to herself and listens to already familiar melody “Blue Moon”.

This film causes mixed feelings, the plot is rather gloomy and depressing, but at the same time, it has an intense message. The story of beautiful and unhappy woman, who is dependent on money, status and her husband, makes this film mediocre. This is a life of an average cutie, who used to live in a golden cage. The storyline proves the well-known truth, that beauty is not eternal and sooner or later we all have to face the problems of the ordinary life. The delicate direction by Woody Allen and natural dialogues between actors convey already familiar story-line anew. Casting directors hit the target with a choice of actress, it makes this film explicit. Moving and vivid acting by Kate Blanchet completely conveys the state of the heroine. Even without wishing it, you are crying with the main character. Tranquil score of the film makes it less intrusive and more pleasant for perception. There are a lot of controversial issues in this drama, apparently it will not appeal to everybody.

This film has a special audience, it is not for every taste and not a family viewing film. I recommend watching “Blue Jasmine” our beautiful half of humanity. Those who are in despair or depressed, easily will understand Jasmine`s philosophy of life. This moving story brings tears and sympathy, but no more. Blue Jasmine is movie to watch during the depression, as a result you will not get rid of this condition and probably it even will aggravate your situation.

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3 thoughts on “Blue Jasmine

  1. It is very hard to judge such women. We all are different and have totally different philosophy of life, so i understand her. To my mind Jasmine is worth to be happy, we all deserve it, notwithstanding personal beauty or mind. I liked this movie, for me it is not the story of weak and frivolous woman, it is a story of a woman who is tired to be strong…

  2. Alyona, I agree with you that the plot of this film has an intense message and that the beauty is not eternal, the problems of the ordinary life will appear anyway.

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