Cate Blanchett as: Cate / Shelly
Directed by: Jim Jarmusch
Selected Cast: Bill Murray, Steve Buscemi, Roberto Benigni, Tom Waits, Iggy Pop & Colin Farrell
Written by: Jim Jarmusch
Release Year: 2003
Genre: Comedy / Music / Drama
MPAA Rating: R
A comic series of short vignettes built on one another to create a cumulative effect, as the characters discuss things as diverse as caffeine popsicles, Paris in the ’20s, and the use of nicotine as an insecticide–all the while sitting around sipping coffee and smoking cigarettes. As director Jim Jarmusch delves into the normal pace of our world from an extraordinary angle, he shows just how absorbing the obsessions, joys and addictions of life can be, if truly observed.
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• Shelly: “It’s just… funny, don’t yah think, that when you can’t afford something, it’s like really expensive but then when you can afford it, it’s like, free? It’s kinda backwards, don’t yah think?”
Cate: “Yeah, well… the world is a bit like that, I guess, in a lot of ways.”
• Filmed in USA.
• 1 win & 4 nominations (view all.)
• Cate starred in the movie The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004) with Bill Murray as well.
• This film was made over a 17-year period. The Roberto Benigni and Steven Wright segment was filmed in 1987. The Tom Waits and Iggy Pop segment was shot in 1992.
• Cate only stars in the segment “Cousins.”
• Jim Jarmusch usually took no more than two to three takes for each scene in this film, in which most actors improvised parts of the conversation.
• Jarmusch gave Cate more time though and let her scenes in two different days. Because she plays a double role in two different ways, so Cate would get time to transform her appearance and character.
• Tom Waits improvised his excuse for being late for his rendezvous with Iggy Pop. In it he explains that he had to perform “roadside surgery” to deliver a baby in the back of a car. Waits is known for toying with journalists and is fond of altering his place of birth (barn, elevator, etc.). In one such interview he claimed to have been born in the back of a taxi cab.