Woody Allen Returns Home… Sort Of

After a long sojourn around Europe that revitalized him creatively, Woody Allen returns to the US with Blue Jasmine. The film, however, is only partially set in his beloved Manhattan. In fact, most of the action takes place in San Francisco, a brand new setting for the filmmaker.

Following a Madoff-like scandal, a spoiled British socialite (Cate Blanchett) finds herself without a penny or a roof over her head. Reluctantly, the woman lands at her sister’s (Sally Hawkins),  a down to earth immigrant living in a blue collar neighborhood. How blue-collar? Andrew “Dice” Clay is one of her neighbors. You read that correctly: Oscar winner Blanchett and “Dice” will be sharing screen time.

Based on the trailer alone, Blue Jasmine belongs next to Woody’s brainiest dramas, a la Husbands and Wives and Crimes and Misdemeanors. The film opens July 26th everywhere.

Author: Jorge Ignacio Castillo

Journalist, film critic, documentary filmmaker, and sometimes nice guy. Member of the Vancouver Film Critics Circle. Like horror flicks, long walks on the beach and candlelight dinners. Allergic to cats.

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