Blue Jasmine - Review

Mental Illness is something we now think of as a product of brain chemistry, not personality. But have we tilted almost too far in that direction? Blue Jasmine, Woody Allen's powerful and enthralling new movie, is about a woman on the verge of a nervous breakdown, and there's something cathartic about a contemporary film that's willing to explore madness as an expression of who a person really is. Blue Jasmine is about what happens when one lost soul meets the cruel real world. The heroine, Jasmine (Cate Blanchett), is doing her best to keep it together, but there are moments when she talks to herself on the street, and between fits of hysteria she has a way of staring into space as though she were watching a television in her brain. With no money, no skills, and nowhere else to go, she shows up at the apartment of her sister, Ginger (Sally Hawkins), a grocery cashier in San Francisco, and attempts to put a good face on things. But Jasmine's demeanor, kicked up by the Stoli vodka she guzzles, is eccentric bordering on unstable, and there's a design to the way she's losing it. READ MORE...

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