Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine: Portrait of a lady who loses it all
LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - So sharp is the reversal of fortune for Woody Allen's female protagonist in his latest film, Blue Jasmine, that the Manhattan socialite's possessions are reduced to a faint echo: a Chanel jacket, designer suitcases, a clutch of anti-depressants.
She does manage to retain a regal bearing and a posh accent.
But for the most part, Jasmine, played by Oscar winning actress Cate Blanchett, has lost everything including her mind, thanks to her husband's financial and marital misdeeds and her own hapless ways.
After making a number of films in Europe, Allen didn't have to go far to find the inspiration for Blue Jasmine, which opens in America theatres on Friday. As Blanchett says, after the financial crisis and a string of fraud cases like Bernie Madoff's epic swindle, there are many Jasmines walking the streets of Allen's Manhattan.