"Blue Jasmine" billed as a comedy drama, is written and directed by Woody Allen and features a strong cast of stars such as Cate Blanchett (Jasmine), Alec Baldwin (Jasmine's husband), Peter Sarsgaard (Jasmine's love interest) and Sally Hawkins (Jasmine's sister, Ginger). There is great depth of both talent and acting involved in the making of this film.
The story begins with Jasmine visiting her sister after having a breakdown. As she begins to try to put her life back together we learn more about what led up to this point and how she intends to move forward and tackle the challenges ahead. The film has a few twists and turns as the story evolves.
The film showcases a slice in time, contrasting the world of two women, their relationship with each other and the men in their lives. It was strange watching the women being centre-stage in both their own lives and in the story of the film.
The story examines Jasmine's world as being one of seemingly good fortune, style and opulence in contrast to her sister Ginger's, which is one of gritty reality, where pleasures are simple and unpretentious.
Each of the male character's spotlight different aspects of life. Even Ginger sons are used to introduce the thoughts of others as they respond with phrases that they have heard from their mother while listening to one of Jasmine's rants.
The use of close up shots of Jasmine as she struggles to reconcile her readily recognisable but illusionary world to the audience is very powerful. She talks to anyone who will listen creating new stories that she hopes demonstrate her understanding, regardless of audience's age or interest, at times even talking to an imaginary companion. In all this struggle she almost never loses her apparent composure to the outside world who view her as being unattainable, stylish, aloof and accomplished. Her lack of understanding about the fate and the circumstances that have befallen her is evident as she chides her sister about her lack of ambition and self worth.