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Cafe Society

Woody Allen’s latest endeavor boasts a stellar cast including Jesse Eisenberg and Kirsten Stewart and takes viewers into L.A. and New York in the glamorous 1920s.


The Woody Allen universe is „half bored, half fascinated“ by now, which is what Allen’s hero Bobby has to say about the L.A. scene in the 20s. CAFÉ SOCIETY has Hollywood agents, gangsters, young naive intellectuals, beautiful women, a crazy but lovable Jewish family, fashion and music from the 20s, and affairs between older men and younger women. Bobby, a young man (Jesse Eisenberg) from Brooklyn goes to Hollywood to get some experience at his uncle's (Steve Carell) agency. He falls for cute assistant Vonnie (Kirsten Stewart) who is tasked with showing him around. She is having an affair with uncle who is holding off on getting divorced. Bobby returns to New York and becomes a high society club owner with a new very blonde and beautiful woman (Blake Lively) in tow. But then his uncle and Vonnie enter Bobby’s club…
CAFÉ SOCIETY is an actor’s film and Allen lets his stars shine, especially Kristen Stewart and Steve Carell, a Jewish agent who doesn’t have quite the standing that he presents to the world and who is filled with insecurities and vulnerabilities. The tone goes from cheerful to melancholy but is also a bit distant. Bobby is a bit too overly enthusiastically naïve and Vonnie is a bit too polished to garner much sympathy. I enjoyed watching what was unfolding but I felt a bit like watching ants under a microscope. Perhaps Woody Allen should really make another profoundly mean-spirited film like MATCH POINT again.

Hannes Stein

Translation: Elinor Lewy


Original title: Cafe Society
USA 2016, 96 min
Genre: Drama, Comedy, Love-story
Director: Woody Allen
Author: Woody Allen
DOP: Vittorio Storaro
Distributor: Warner Bros.
Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Steve Carell, Kristen Stewart, Blake Lively, Paul Schneider
FSK: 12
Release: 10.11.2016




  • OV Original version
  • OmU Original with German subtitles
  • OmeU Original with English subtitles

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