Blue Jasmine

Blue Jasmine
Blue Jasmine

Recommended by Maggie Millar

Cate Blanchett has been tipped to win an Oscar for her role in this latest Woody Allen drama in which she plays an elegant New York socialite on the verge of a nervous breakdown.

With her marriage to a wealthy businessman in tatters, she’s forced to move out to her sister Ginger’s (Sally Hawkins) house in San Francisco to pick up the pieces and cling to her anti-depressants.

But she disapproves of her sister’s boyfriend and considers herself too regal for those she must now rely on for financial support. Meanwhile, they blame her ex-husband - and by proxy, her - for fuelling the banking boom and bust culture which left everyone battling economic recession.

Jasmine’s predicament opens up a wealth of issues surrounding class, gender and corporate criminality.

However, despite her snobbishness, Blanchett invites compassion and throughout this dark moral tale humour still shines through.