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Romance with a Cause

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Channel surfing the other night, LAist stumbled upon the recent HBO Film/BBC Production, The Girl in the Café, starring Bill Nighy (humorously unforgettable as the aging rock star in Love Actually) and Kelly Macdonald, most recently seen as Peter Pan in Finding Neverland. Written by British rom-com god Richard Curtis, famous for penning screenplays like Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill, Bridget Jones’s Diary and the aforementioned Love Actually, the film is a romance with a cause.

The story seemingly focuses on the unlikely pairing of a lonely, rigid British government official and a girl that, well, he meets in a café. Set against the background of a G8 Summit in Iceland, the film’s underlying theme is a call for the world’s strongest nations to skip the rhetoric about Africa, debt, trade and AIDS and actually do something about it. It’s mind-blowing when you think about it: Eight world leaders (the U.S., U.K., France, Japan, Russia, Germany, Italy and Canada) have the power of life or death for tens of millions of people worldwide.