Girl In The Cafe Script - Dialogue Transcript

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Girl In The Cafe Script



- Yes, please. One's enough.

- Thank you, sir.



Do you mind if I...



No. Go ahead.



That's a lot of sugar.



It's been quite a tough day.



The worse your day,

the more sugar you have?



Yes. Well, within certain limits.



Never higher than four.

Even on the worst of days.



It's actually not bad tea,

seeing as how they're Italian.



How is your coffee?



Not great...



seeing as how they're Italian.



I had a boyfriend

who used to make us sit like this.



He felt being directly opposite me

put too much pressure on him to talk.



- Did he stay your boyfriend for long?

- No.



Though it wasn't that

that did it for us really.



He used to sleep in...



old, stripy Marks & Sparks pajamas...



with the top button done up.



I'd never do the top button up.



- Do you work round here?

- Yes.






It has its moments.



A lot of paper.



A lot of pens.



- And you've just snuck out.

- Yes.



For a bit of peace and quiet

with no one talking to you.



No, this is...



It's nice.



You can move...



- Or I could, of course.

- No.



- I'll come...

- Here, let me.



No, stay there.



I'll come back.



What about you? What do you do?






A student of sorts.



So Marks & Spencer are

still making good pajamas, then.



I wouldn't really know.

It's mainly food these days, isn't it?



Don't know, really.



I haven't been in much recently.



I'm told it's the place for dating.



I'm told people go there to shop...



and they get casually talking about,

you know, spaghetti alla carbonara...



and suddenly love flowers by the counter

for people with under five items.






I suppose people have got

to meet somehow.









Oh, dear.



My masters only give me

tiny windows of freedom.



- I'd better be going.

- Better finish it.



All the sugar will be at the bottom.

It's the best bit.



Yes, if you want to be fat, fat, fat.



Which, of course, I do.



It was lovely sitting directly opposite you.



And you.



And I enjoyed

the early diagonal bit as well, obviously.



I'm Lawrence.



I'm Gina.



- Goodbye.

- Goodbye.



Look, you wouldn't care,

perhaps, to meet again...



for a coffee or a bite to eat or something,










Good Lord, good.



When would be a...



Whenever. I have absolutely nothing

to do with my time.



That's rather a severe contrast.



What about lunch, then? Next Thursday?



No, damn. The Wednesday after that?



No. Oh, dear. That Friday, two weeks?



Yeah. I'm free.






There's a proper Italian restaurant

next door.



It sounds good.



Okay, that's splendid.



It can't be very long, I'm afraid, because...

No, but that's great. Thank you.



Something to look forward to.



Look, I'd better be going.

I'm already aggressively late.



Go. Don't work too hard.



Sorry, I'm afraid that's what I do.



The Americans are completely against it

and said they will never agree to it.



The Americans are completely against it

and said they will never agree to it.



And the Germans?



The problem is

there is very little public interest there.



Inflation high, unemployment high,

immigrants unpopular.



If there was more public interest, they might

do more, but there is no sign of it.



I know a couple of Germans

who are very convinced.



I shall have to ask them to talk louder.

What about the French?



The French are completely in favor,

they've agreed to it already.



There we go, then. All we need to do...



is to get lots of French people

to move to Germany and then we'll be fine.



All right, we'll leave it there.



But please, let's go through these figures

one more time.



If we have to go ahead

with only four of our G  partners...



I need to be assured it's not such

an embarrassingly small amount of money...



that it looks like a failure. Lawrence?



Yes, I'll go over the figures

and get something back to you by Monday.



Good. Thank you all.



George, how are you?



- How's Ruth?

- We're fine. We will be fine.






- Send her my love.

- Yeah.



Come into the office.

We'll iron out these subsidy issues.



I am actually

meant to be meeting someone for lunch.



- Can you cancel it?

- Not really.



- Something important?

- No. But yes, in its way.






We must get this done

by the start of next week.



Very important, not a lot of time.






Sorry I'm late. I was, you know, inevitably...



That's fine.



- Goodness, you certainly...

- Scrubbed up?



I wasn't going to say that.

Was I going to say that?



I wasn't going to, surely.



Anyway, it's very good to see you and...



My father, in fact, came from Italy originally.



- Really?

- Yes.



I mean, you wouldn't have known it

if you met him.



He wasn't dark or anything.



But he was born

in the north of Italy somewhere...



and then the family moved on here

when his father died.



What age?



He was   .



He ended up living

with a very strange aunt called Zeppa...



in Dollis Hill.



Until he met my mom,

whose name was, of course, Myrtle.



- Myrtle?

- Yes.



And her father's name was Horace.



Christ, they were an unlucky generation.



I can't believe

I've already told you my grandfather's name.



I'm not going to say a single word

for the rest of the meal.



From now on it's you, you, you.



No, I'm the one

who took the trouble to scrub up nicely.



You look just as bad as last time.

You have to do most of the talking.



Yes, I don't really scrub up

no matter how hard I try.



The more I scrub,

the more you see the horror beneath.



- Can I help you?

- Yes, please, I'll have the pea soup...



and the special risotto.



- And you, madam?

- Same.



- Wine?

- No, thank you.



- Madam?

- Yes, please.



- Would you like to see the wine list?

- No, you choose, I'll be happy.



Johnny, how are you, sir?



- Very well, thank you. And you?

- Very well.



- Isn't that the Chancellor of the Exchequer?

- Is it?



I think so.



And he just nodded at you.



Did he?






Yes, that's right.



He's my boss, as it were.



I don't think I've ever seen

a powerful person before.



You'd be surprised how little power...



politicians have actually got these days,

in the end.



Except John Major.



Enormous sexual power.



- Do you think so?

- Definitely.



Dirty, dirty, dirty John.



Very small cups.



Sort of wish I'd ordered a cappuccino now,

could have strung it out longer.



It was very nice to see you.



You're not going to order a second coffee,

are you, Lawrence?



No, I don't think so.



This is Gina.



This is the Chancellor.



William. Pleased to meet you, Gina.



Please make sure that Lawrence gets back

to his post by nightfall.



The welfare of our cold and bitter country...



actually depends on him putting in

a decent day's work once in a while.



I won't say another word to him.



Thank you very much.



You're welcome.



Was the pea soup disgusting?






I think there were

at least two types of pea in there...



one the kind you don't usually put in food.



Thank you for coming to my end of town.



You're welcome.



Do you live a long way away?



No. No, close enough.






I'd better be getting back.



So, goodbye.



- Bye.

- Goodbye.






Are we anywhere near delivering

on any of them at all?



The closest is water.



Safe drinking water might just be achieved

by      as promised...



although not in Africa.



- And the worst?

- All the others are bad.



We might halve the death rate

for children under five by     .



And all children

will be in primary school by the year     ...



For God's sake, these are joke figures.

Even the Prime Minister won't live that long.



Okay, three minutes for a cup of coffee.



Of course, Lawrence,

you presumably won't be needing one...



having had quite a lot of coffee at lunch.



She's a pretty girl.



I don't call that pretty, I call that beautiful.



What do we think the difference is

between pretty and beautiful?



Something to do with bone structure.



Pretty is pretty while young,

beautiful will stay beautiful forever.



- What would you say, Lawrence?

- Sorry?



Sorry, I wasn't listening.

Did I miss something?






Just talking about

the American import duty on steel.



Yes. Tricky area.



Such intensive mating

leaves the male exhausted...



a hardship that the king of beasts

has to endure.






It's me, Lawrence.






Of course you remember, yeah.



It was only six hours ago. Yes, quite.



You'd have had to have had some sort

of aneurysm or something to forget.



Yeah, anyway, I just wondered...



- That was lovely.

- Yes.



Lots of coconut.



It's pretty crucial to be fond of coconut.



- I am.

- Good.



This is no place for "coconutophobes. "



I'm actually going away next Friday.



- Where to?

- Reykjavik.






Sexy, blond Icelandic girls.






It's a conference.

And it's quite a big conference.



It's the G  conference, actually.



What's that?



It's a long shindig...



where the big eight world leaders

make plans for the next year.



Everything, including finance,

which is why I'm going, obviously.



The only thing I know about Reykjavik

is that Björk comes from there.






The coolest woman on the planet.






The only thing I know about it...



is that it's where Bobby Fischer

played Boris Spassky...



in the greatest chess match of all time.



Perhaps it's a place about which

everyone knows only one fact.



Maybe we should ask the waiter,

then we'd have three facts.






He doesn't look exactly

like the kind of person...



who might know a fact about Iceland.






Shouldn't stereotype, though.



He might be a huge Björk fan.



But we already have the Björk fact.






I actually dreamt about you

a few nights ago.



God, how embarrassing.



What was I doing?



You were sitting in a cafe drinking tea.






Not fighting a dragon

or something glamorous.






Do you ever remember dreams?



Not often.

And when I do they're always the same...



and genuinely pathetic.






I can't say.



- It's too embarrassing.

- Go on.



I scrubbed up again.



On the whole, in my dreams

people are begging me to...



join the Rolling Stones.



I'm sitting at home and the phone goes...



and it's Mick Jagger and Ron Wood...



together on speakerphone, I suppose...



pleading with me to inject

a bit of new blood into the band.



Or I'm at the office and they say...



"Someone is waiting for you downstairs,"

and I'll get in the lift down...



and there's Keith Richards

waiting on the sofa in the lobby.



He gives me his guitar and says...



"Come on, man, you have the music, play.



"We'll give you as much heroin as you like.

Just lend us your hot licks. "



I told you it was pitiable.



What happens then?



I always refuse.



I'm usually late for a departmental meeting,

so I make my excuses, have to go.



Any idea what it means?



Obvious, I fear.



I'm not the man I dreamt I might be

when I was young.



Isn't it wonderful the way

there are absolutely no cabs...



in London at all nowadays?



Perfect for dithering.



I'll catch the late bus.



Don't be stupid.

Nobody catches buses these days.



Although that's not true, actually, is it?



Because bus use has risen hugely...



in fact, in the last three years.



- Do you know everything about everything?

- No. I'm sorry.



I know a lot about certain things...



transport, development...



but sod all about everything else,

including, obviously, real life...



and Björk, of course.



- Hello?

- Hello.



It's me, Lawrence.



I know. I recognize your voice.



Aha, right.



Because I just had dinner with you

for two and a half hours.



Yeah, right, obviously.



Look, I'm sorry it's so late.



I just wondered if, whether by any chance...



you might like to come to Reykjavik.



- Reykjavik?

- Yeah, I'm moderately senior...



and we're allowed to bring wives

and suchlike.



You know, if you are interested

in learning any more facts...



about Iceland.



Lawrence will, of course, be zealously

guarding his Millennium Goals...



won't you, Lawrence?



Yes, quite right.



But my instinct is

that security will dominate again this year.



The Americans will certainly push for that...



and then the French will, of course,

disagree with them for the fun of it.



I don't understand the French at all.

Every one of them speaks English...



but will they speak it at summits?

Will they hell.



You're talking to them at dinner

in perfect English...



but the moment

they move towards a microphone...



they immediately switch back into French.



It's a matter of principle, Ruth.



They still don't accept that French

is not the world's dominant language.



And they're very cross that Spielberg

has made more popular films than Truffaut...



very angry that Coldplay

have played all over the world...



but no one buys Johnny Hallyday

outside of Paris.



- See you in a minute.

- Absolutely. Fourteen seconds.



- Don't cut it too fine.

- Absolutely. As if.



Icelandair flight number     to Reykjavik...



is now boarding from gate four.



Sorry I'm late. The bus broke down.



No one takes buses anymore.



Actually they do.

It's up   . % in the last three years.



- Oh, my God.

- What?



- I forgot to pick up my luggage.

- It's in the back of the car.









All eyes are on the G  Summit in Reykjavik

this hour.



As we speak, finance officials are meeting.

At top of the agenda...



Hopes are that some consensus

can be reached among the world leaders.



We are not alone.



Mr. And Mrs. Anderson, that's room     .

I hope you enjoy your stay.



Thank you.



See you tomorrow.



Yes, good.

Ruth, lovely to see you. Night-night.



Night-night, Lawrence. Hello.



- Good evening. The name is Montague.

- Mr. Montague...



That's room     . Here we go.



I hope you and your wife

have a pleasant stay.



This is my fault. I should have made it clear.



- I will, in fact, be needing two rooms.

- I'm sorry?



I will be needing two rooms.



One for myself and one for Miss...



- Taunton.

- Taunton.



I'm afraid, sir, the hotel is completely full.



Are you sure?



I'm so sure of this, sir. This is the

busiest week we've ever had in our hotel.



- We are completely booked.

- Right.






But, perhaps,

are there any other hotels in Reykjavik?



There are, of course,

many excellent hotels in Reykjavik, sir.



And me and my staff would be

only too happy to contact all of them.



But I fear you will find

they are all likewise completely booked.



Because of the honor of the conference

being held here in Reykjavik.






I'm so sorry.



It's fine.



I'm such a fool.



You should have just said

it was sex you were after.



No, but really,

I have to make this clear straightaway...



because otherwise you'll have

this thought...



lingering in the back of your mind

throughout the entire stay...



that it was my intention to sort of trick you

like a schoolboy into sharing a room.



Whereas the truth is, my arrangements

have always been so simple...



that they simply book a room

and then I turn up and sleep in it...



so this whole side of things

I didn't give any thought to.



And clearly,

when I said I was bringing someone...



they made a sort of assumption, and

that's how we ended up in this situation.



And it would be torture for me...



if you suspected that it was deliberate.



I believe you.



Thank you.



Let's look at the room.



Oh, God. It's a double bed.



It's okay. I'll sleep on the couch.



No, I'll sleep on the couch.



I can sleep anywhere

and you've got work to do.



Really, if I slept on the bed

and you were on the couch, I couldn't sleep.



So there's no point in me

sleeping on the bed...



because I couldn't sleep with you

on the couch.



If you sleep on the couch,

I'll sleep on the floor next to the couch.



And then no one will be in the bed

and that's just silly.



Maybe the bed splits in two.



Maybe it's one of those doubles

that isn't really a double.



It's a real double.






- Lawrence, good night.

- Good night.



- Night, folks.

- The café is closing in    minutes.



Can I get you a final coffee, sir? Madam?



- Yes, thank you. Definitely.

- Yes, thank you. That would be great, lovely.



So, tell me,

what is it you're arguing about tomorrow?



Oh, God, it's pretty boring stuff.



I promise I won't be bored.






One of the interesting things,

my particular area, in fact...



is the debate

about the Millennium Development Goals.



In the year     ...



almost every country in the world

signed up to a declaration...



I said it was boring.



No, I'm only joking.



"In the year     

almost every country signed up...



"to a splendid declaration... "



Right, it's a rather splendid declaration...



setting out certain goals to be reached...



by the year     ...



No, I'm only kidding.



Tell me about these goals.



I'm not going to answer.

You'll just fall asleep again.



I promise I won't.



I won't.



The goals were basically

a universal promise...



to halve extreme poverty...



poverty that actually kills people.



To halve the number of children

who die before they're five...



which is shockingly high,

or mothers who die in childbirth...



which is heartbreakingly high.



You know, absolutely basic human rights

that pass by about half the world.



- Good night, good night.

- Good night.



- Good night, Lawrence.

- Good night, Gina.



If you get bored tomorrow,

give me a call. We can play.



Spend the very little money

our menfolk earn.



That would be nice.



- We should probably...

- Yeah.



Waitress, excuse me.



Is there somewhere, perhaps,

that isn't closing?



The problem is,

it's all going very badly indeed.



And at the current rate...



the world might be

a slightly better place in     years.



By which time I'll be    .



And you can do something about that?



- I'm afraid we are closing now.

- Absolutely. Great.



Yes, that's the plan.

The problem is this development stuff...



is all about the poor bastards

who don't have any cash...



so it's likely to slip down the agenda.



- But you'll fight that.

- Well, yes, and you know...



we might get half of what's really needed,

which won't be too bad.



Maybe by the time we finish...



only       children

will die unnecessarily each day.



Fifteen thousand?



- You're joking.

- No.



Fifteen thousand

would be half of what it is now.



Thirty thousand children die

of extreme poverty every day.



A child who shouldn't die at all

dies every three seconds.



- So, this is an important meeting.

- Yes.



They always are.



Eight men in one room...



could literally save...



hundreds of millions of lives.



Good luck.






Here we are again.






and if you don't let me sleep on the couch...



I'll ring hotel security

and accuse you of a sex crime.



I've got all the cupboards.



Do you want to unpack in here?



No, that's fine.

There's lots of drawers and stuff.



I'll be fine.






Sorry, the bathroom calls.






Good night.



Good night.






Good night.









I thought you were asleep.



I was.

I don't want to miss any of the excitement.



I fear "excitement"

is definitely not the word for it.



When it comes down to it,

we're just moneymen at work.



What it is, is a very big...



but very quiet, very polite battle...



with too much at stake.



- Coming down?

- Yes, I'll be right with you.



It's not what you think.



I know she, as it were,

walked behind me in her bra...



but there's actually

nothing happening between us.



Why would it worry you

if I thought there was?



I don't know. I suppose I fear

you'd think less of her if she were with me.



Right, big day.



Without wanting to aggrandize ourselves...



I think we are fighting today for something

as big as the abolition of slavery.



So, good luck.



Hold the line.



Debt and aid and trade. Push for everything.



But pretend you don't know it's everything.



Welcome to session one...



of the      G  Conference...



under the chairmanship

of the United Kingdom.



Right, if we can move on to point nine...



I think

this is a pretty uncontroversial matter...



which we all agreed on in February.

Jean-Paul, over to you.



Yes, I've alerted you all to this issue.



If we look in paragraph  ...



there's a reference

to the level of aid this year...



and our sense is that needs a little

more refinement, and forgive me, George...



a little more realism, too.



Back to our top story now.



All eyes are on the G  Summit

in Reykjavik this hour.



As we speak, finance officials are meeting.

Top of the agenda...



We keep going round on these things.



I feel it's time for the British delegation

to show some flexibility.



And we are puzzled by the

insertion in paragraph   .



This implies that a change has been

agreed of which we are not aware.



Hopes are that

some consensus can be reached...



among the world leaders.



This resolution deals with trade subsidies.

We hope this can be kept fairly short.



From our point of view,

this can never be a short discussion.



I think there's another key issue here.



Before we can accept

a whole package of these measures...



Before we can accept

a whole package of these measures...



we're gonna have to come up

with a far stronger plan...



on how to create and support

good government in Africa.



The money we give to Africa...



can only work

if there are effective systems in place.



Then Africa can start to tackle

its own problems and help itself.



So, we're gonna have to make

some hard choices.



Is it gonna be aid? Is it gonna be debt?



Is it gonna be trade?

Because it can't be all three.



Whiskey or gin? Or both?



Whiskey. And some water would be lovely.



I thought what you were asking for

was already half of what you needed.



I know. But it's been a very...



complex day.



We're in a time where generally...



people are very insecure

about their economies.



It's not a good time for unselfishness.






- Are you finished?

- God, no. Nowhere near.



There's a working supper...



that will, I fear, last long into the night.



- I'm sorry.

- No, it's fine.



For me, this room is the height of luxury.



- Did you have a good day?

- Not bad.



Tomorrow I think I'll go further afield.



Try and find some actual ice...



since we're in Iceland.



Look, there's a drinks-before-dinner,




You'd be extremely welcome

to accompany me, if you'd like to.



I mean, of course, you don't have to.



That sounds lovely.



I'll just have a shower.



I'm sorry, I used both the big towels.



I thought there were two more,

but they turned out to be little ones.



I'll call down and get some more.



No really, don't worry, I'll be fine.

I'm not really a big towel kind of guy.



- Scary.

- Yes, but don't worry.



Some of the dullest people in the world

are in this room.



There are gold medallists

in the Boredom Olympics here.



Anything you say will be more interesting

than everything they've ever said.



Shall we?



You'll be delighted to know, Gina,

that even though George and I...



know absolutely nothing about you,

we talk of very little else.



Oh, dear.



Watch out, bandit at  :  .



Thank God,

a cluster of people who speak English.



- Dearest Ruth.

- William.



Chancellor, this is Gina.



Yes, I remember.

How are you enjoying yourself, Gina?



I'm good, thanks. What about you?



Yes, yes, I'm having a tremendous time, too.



I hope you won't let them actually push...



the Millennium Development Goals

right off the agenda.



No, that won't be happening.



But they have already slipped

a little down the agenda.



There's always a bit of agenda-juggling

on the first day.



Couldn't you juggle

the Millennium Goals upwards?



From what Lawrence tells me,

they're the most important thing.



It's always difficult to push matters

of foreign financial policy...



high up on the agenda,

but you know, we are doing the best we can.



Good. I don't know anything, obviously...



but it sounds to me like that's the one

that's really a matter of life and death.



Sounds to me like that's the one

that's really worth fighting for.



And I'll be fighting, believe me.



The fight against poverty

is very important to me.



But it's also important that we represent

the interests of people in our own country.



Yes, of course.



Though I don't believe for a moment

that people in our country...



would want you

to represent their interests...



if you were doing it

instead of talking about saving the lives...



of millions and millions of children...



who will definitely die next year

if you all don't sort things out.



My goodness.



Lawrence didn't tell us that you were

a woman of such strong opinions.



We've got to go.



We have a couple of things we have to sort

out before the session starts. Forgive us.



- Right.

- Sorry.



- Am I in total disgrace?

- No.



It was just a little unexpected.






We accept that the Millennium Goals

were important and aspirational.



But how we achieve those

aspirations is complex.



We agree, and we feel

the best way to help a continent like Africa...



is by having a strong world economy.



A weak world economy

and we all go down together.



And poor countries can recover.



Take a look at China these last five years.



Through the operation

of a vigorous and traditional trade...



China has become

the fastest-growing economy in the world.



Lawrence, over to you.






The statistics suggest...



that Africa may be a special case.



Twenty-three of the twenty-five

poorest countries are in Africa.



And in the last five years,    out of   ...



Have become comparatively poorer.

We appreciate that.



Yes, right. So we feel...



a dramatic and daring package of measures

is needed.



We're not saying

that we don't want to talk about it.



We're just saying that when we talk about

how to make our own economy strong...



we are talking about how to solve poverty.



Even in Africa.



How did it go?



I think I'll try that

whiskey-and-gin-together thing.



Sorry, will you forgive me if I go to bed?



The schedule is very unforgiving.



Of course.



- Will you forgive me if I don't?

- Of course.



There are so many things in that fridge

and someone has to eat them.



I hope you don't mind.



- I've just been reading some of this stuff.

- No, I don't mind.



Which of the gripping topics

have you been reading about?



It can't really be true

that     million people...



are living on less than a dollar a day.



Yes, and at the other end of the scale,

there are cows in Scotland...



that are subsidized

to the tune of £      a year.



The cow could fly around the world

first class...



for the amount of money

we pay the farmer to rear it.



And     mothers dying because of AIDS...



would not die

if they had the cow's money instead.



It is all very bad now.



I remember when the terrible...



tsunami struck...



and that grim death toll.       .



That's an average week for the poor.



You should have more pictures

in these papers...



so we can actually see what they're about.



It says here that billions

don't have clean water...



or thousands are dying of AIDS,

but you know it would be better...



if you could see children

drinking the dirty water...



or, you know, see a child...



No, I mean, not see a child dying...



but, you know,

something that would make it more real.



That's a very good idea.



I'll suggest it for the next summit.



I'm glad to be helpful.



Would you like some chocolate?



No, thank you.






'cause there's none left.



I'm sorry, I'd better try getting back to sleep.



Do you often have trouble sleeping?



When I have things on my mind, yes...



but you know,

often I solve problems late at night.



- That's the problem then.

- What?



The thought that you might solve problems

when you're awake late...



- is the reason you're awake late.

- Right.



I'll try not to think about anything.



When I can't sleep

I pretend that I'm an extra in a film...



and I'm being paid

for pretending to be dead...



and there's a close-up camera on me...



so I have to relax every muscle in my face...



and finally I fall asleep.



- I'll try it out.

- Good.



Pretend you're dead. It's my trick in life.



Are you gonna kiss me good night?



Yes, of course.



Or maybe not.



Might set me thinking.



Risk it.



Good night.



Sleep tight.



Don't let the bedbugs bite.



- Are you asleep?

- No.



I've been pretending to be dead

since  :   a. m.



But, unfortunately, I'm still alive.



Still awake.



This might work.



Now go to sleep,

or I've just wasted the last    minutes.



Sorry, I absolutely know

that the whole point is that we go to sleep...



but can I just say

that this is a very unusual thing for me...



and don't think

because I'm not saying much...



that I wouldn't like to say a lot.



No. I won't think that.



- How about you?

- Quiet.






Where are you going?






Me, too.



You're the first person I've ever kissed

who had a tattoo.



When I was young, the only person

who had a tattoo was Popeye.



- And you didn't fancy him?

- Not really.



Prime Minister, may I introduce...



Don't look now,

but the Prime Minister has just arrived.



Good morning, Gina.

Good morning, Lawrence.



Morning, sir.



This is Herr Gerhardt,

my equivalent number in Germany.



Good morning.



And how is it going

with the Millennium Goals now, Chancellor?



- I think we'll do all right.

- Is "all right" good enough?



Is "all right" good enough for you,

Mr. Gerhardt?



I think "all right"

is a lot more than many expected.



So, lots more mothers die

the day they give birth?



Lots more children die before they're five?

Lots and lots more die of diseases...



that are just a jab and a joke

to people like you and me?



Young lady, I think it might be helpful

for you to look at it the other way round.



Thousands will benefit

from what we do today...



who otherwise would not have done so.



I can see that.



It's just, you know, tough for the ones

on the wrong side of the line.



It's a very complex issue, Gina.



Lawrence and I have often found

in the course of our work...



that a little knowledge

can be a dangerous thing.



I know.



But then my dad,

who maybe wasn't as educated as you two...



used to say that

a lot of knowledge can be dangerous, too.



It stopped you seeing the heart of things.



Enjoy your meal.



Will you tell me

what in the name of Christ is going on?



- Who the fuck is that woman?

- I'm sorry, I'm terribly sorry.



No, no, no, I mean it. Who is she?



- She's just a girl I met in a café.

- Is she? Is she?



Because it seems to me,

we've come to Iceland to lock ourselves...



in this bloody hotel to get away

from lunatic protesters...



and now we've

actually brought one especially with us...



who at every turn attacks the only man...



who is committed

to doing something which she cares about...



namely me!



Gerhardt looked like

he was going to explode.



Talk to Robert, Lawrence.

I can't talk to you now.



There is a security issue here, Lawrence.

Can you vouch for her at all?



I'm afraid I can't, not officially.

I haven't checked her passport, as it were.



We do have to make sure

she's not planted here to disrupt.



- Absolutely...

- And even if she isn't...



- she is disrupting things.

- I can see that.



- I think you will have to ask her to leave.

- Right. Certainly.



Can it be tomorrow?



I'm not going to negotiate with you

about departure time, Lawrence.



You decide what you think

is the right thing to do here.






I am truly sorry.



And I'm sorry to say

it's already a little late for that.



- Are you all right, Lawrence?

- What can I say, George?



We have a pair

of unfortunate situations here...



A man who has nothing in his life

except his work, that is unfortunate.



And then by a stroke of bizarre chance...



he finds someone who makes that

not true for a day or two.



But then suddenly it seems as though...



the price that has to be paid

for that ray of light...



is some kind of...






It doesn't seem quite fair.



But then, of course,

you of all men know all about unfairness.



I'm sorry, I know.






We should go.



- Can I just have    minutes?

- Yes.



- They want me to go, of course.

- Yes.



- What do you want me to do?

- Stay. Obviously.



Thank you.



It felt like the right thing to say.



It was probably the wrong thing to say.

What do you think?



It certainly

wouldn't have been my modus operandi.



I see you coming back after each meeting...



feeling you've failed the people

you don't want to fail...



and I feel I have to stick up

for people who are being bullied.



When I was in prison it was all bullying,

and I couldn't stand it there either.



Sorry, "prison"?






- You were in prison?

- Yes.



You said you were a student of sorts.



I had a lot of time to study.



- For how long were you in prison?

- Not long.



When we first met, I had just come out.



Why didn't you tell me any of this before?



I haven't told you anything about myself.

You don't know anything about me.



Of all the bits, why would I tell you that bit?



Why don't I know anything about you?



Because I don't feel...



anything that's interesting about me...



has anything to do with things I did before.



I have to go...



or I'll lose my job,

which I've probably lost already.



What happened...



last night, was that just...



part of a plan?



There is no plan.



I've never had a plan.



William, we've been talking

late into the night...



and we think we've found a solution

to the Millennium Goals debate.



That's very good news.



It seems to us that the crucial thing

is to demonstrate...



that money we give to Africa can work.



Therefore, we think

we should look at the impact...



of what we're already doing on AIDS...



strengthen it, and then all commit...



to that single crucial

millennium target being met.



A major success is what we need.









It's certainly...



a tempting compromise.



But I'm still so disinclined...



to say that we'll help the few today...



and let the majority wait...



on the off-chance that    years from now...



there'll be a bunch of people...



as determined as we are right now.



Of course, I eagerly embrace your initiative.



But I still think we can make some progress

on a comprehensive package:



Debt, aid, trade.



A lot of us are unsure

whether this is actually...



a realistic forum for resolving trade issues.



With the best will in the world, William...



there's just not time

for that comprehensive package to emerge.



It's just not possible.



Let me just go over

some of the other important issues...



that we're here to discuss.



International security, the global economy,

the instability of oil prices.



We have already spent a long time

on this single issue.



Yes, let's...



Let me come back to you one more time

in the next session.



It cannot be with the same package.

No one is going to accept that.



No, fear not.



I think we can come

to a position that will satisfy us all.



How did it go?



There'll be a deal.



There always is a deal at the end of the day.



It's the...



civil servant's fate.



The well-crafted compromise.



- So it's the big dinner tonight?

- Yes, it's the big dinner...



prime ministers, presidents, everyone.



Of course, you can come if you like.



And then tomorrow

all the vicious decisions are made.



We make our announcements...



acknowledge who our enemies really are...



and the extent to which we have failed.



Everyone licks their wounds

and heads for home.



Can you help me with this?



I've been getting fatter.



You're not fat.



It's a well-established scientific fact...



that zips...



shrink in Iceland.



Thank you...



but I was definitely

thinner a few months ago.



Can I just ask you about that...



The thing you mentioned earlier?



It would be so much nicer if you didn't.



- Close your eyes.

- What?



Close your eyes.



I do now know four things...



about Reykjavik.



Björk comes from here.



Spassky played Fischer here.



Zips shrink here.



And it is possible in Reykjavik...



to have a night

of something quite close to love.



- Lawrence, just a word.

- Yes, excuse me.



- What the hell is she doing here?

- You actually left the choice up to me.



- I thought I left you with no choice.

- I couldn't do it.



It wasn't personally possible.



If she causes trouble,

there will be hell to pay.



I know, but she won't.



You created quite a stir this morning.



- I'm very sorry.

- No, no, it's fine.



Gave me something exciting

to tell the children when I called home.



How many kids have you got?



Three. Sorry, two.



Three. Sorry, two.



I had three, now I have two.



I'm sorry.

That's a mistake I'll soon stop making.



- I'm so sorry.

- No, that's fine.



It's the worst thing.



I know, it is the worst thing.



I'm so sorry,

with everybody else I'm prepared.



It's just with strangers.



It was a motorbike.



Happens all the time. Happened to us.



Why not?



So, on good behavior tonight?



Of course.

I'll try and behave as well as I can.



Three hours next to

the dullest man in Canada.



And that's a pretty competitive category.



- So far, so good.

- Meaning what?



You've managed to go    minutes...



without annoying the Chancellor

of the Exchequer of the United Kingdom.



Pray silence for the Prime Minister.



Ladies and gentlemen...



I was really going to make

quite a long speech...



but, studying the menu...



I see we have

the most delicious soufflé for dessert...



and I fear if I talk so long

that the soufflé collapses, so will the talks.



He's a very funny man.

The public don't realize it. Very charming.



Let me start with the big thing.



Five years ago...



the world made a series

of the most magnificent promises...



and we have determined...



to use this conference seriously...



to indent the most extreme...



curses of poverty in the world today.



We shall not let them out of our sights...



even if we may not yet

have the power to fulfill them all.



Hear, hear.



That's not true.



Oh, my God. Don't tell me.



That's not true.



I'm sorry, madam...



but heckling isn't really a tradition

at these gatherings.



What are the traditions, then?



Well-crafted compromise

and just sort of ignoring the poor?



Perhaps we can talk about this later?



I doubt it. I imagine I'll be thrown out later...



so it's probably got to be now.



I don't know how much the rest

of you ladies know about what's going on...



but my friend here tells me

that while we are eating...



    million children are nearly starving.



There's just millions of kids who'd kill...



for the amount of food

that fat old me left on the side of my plate.



Children who are then so weak,

they'll die if a mosquito bites them.



And so they do die...



one every three seconds.



There they go.



And another one.



Anyone who has kids...



knows that

every mother and father in Africa...



must love their children as much as they do.



And to watch your kids die...



To watch them die...



and then to die yourself

in trying to protect them...



that's not right.



And tomorrow...



eight of the men sitting round this table...



actually have the ability to sort this out...



by making a few great decisions.



And if they don't...



someday, someone else will.



And they'll look back on us lot and say:



"People were actually

dying in their millions unnecessarily...



"in front of you...



"on your TV screens.



"What were you thinking?



"You knew what to do to stop it happening

and you didn't do those things.



"Shame on you. "



So that's what you have to do tomorrow.



Be great instead of being ashamed.



It can't be impossible.



It must be possible.



As I was saying...



before I was so cogently interrupted...



Right. We have a tiny way to go

on items seven and thirteen...



but it looks like we're gonna make

more progress on subsidies than we hoped.



As for the now-infamous Millennium Goals,

obviously it has not been easy...



but I believe there's a good deal in sight

and we should go ruthlessly for that.



Anyone got anything

to say on anything before we head in?



It's not a good deal.



It's a deal, it's not a good deal.



I think, in the circumstances...



we're going to probably, unfortunately...



have to listen to your opinion...



with circumspection, Lawrence.



I know. But I feel I have to speak anyway.



I intend to resign my position after today...



because I feel I've behaved foolishly...



and from now on

would be treated quite rightly...



like a cuckold and a fool.



So let me just say

that I think the woman in question...



was, in broad terms, correct.



I think we get into the habit

of always compromising...



and therefore, we are always compromised.



We work and work all our lives...



and we don't get what we're working for.



And I think that

if we were the men we all dreamed we'd be...



when we were all young...



we'd be doing deals

on all the other things...



and going home

to explain our little failures...



to our own countrymen,

but we wouldn't compromise...



the actual lives of people

we will never meet...



just because we'd never

have to explain to them face-to-face...



why we didn't think

it was worth fighting to stop them dying.



Thank you for that, Lawrence.

As things stand...



then yes, perhaps it will be better

if you left us to these final discussions.



It didn't turn out to be

the perfect romantic mini-break.






Two little things:

First, don't worry too much.



My life's been full of harsh things...



and I'll surf this one, too. Second...



you sat down opposite me.






I've been thinking.



I know you'll always wonder

if it was a plan...



some kind of conspiracy...



but if it was,

I would have had to sit down next to you...



followed you in, sat next to you.



But you sat opposite me.



The facts don't fit.



Unless I possess a strange mental power

that sucked you over to my table.









Why did you do it?



- On the off-chance.

- What "off-chance"?



On the off-chance

it could make a difference...



and because I've got nothing to lose.



Except me.



I'll try to take comfort from the fact...



I was trying to do

what you wanted me to do...



even though you didn't want me to do it.



Gina, shall I...



Shall I come home with you?






No, the nice bit's over.



The rest is just disappointment

and my past catching up with me again.



Look at me.



I absolutely can't imagine

a real future together.



Can you?



Let me take you to the airport.



- Goodbye.

- Goodbye.



And thank you.



You've been tender and true.



And that's unusual.



Tell me.



Why were you in prison?



I hurt a man.






Because he hurt a child.



Killed a child.



Your child?



Does it matter whose child?



Fuck you!



Fuck you! Fuck, you wanted it!



Ladies and gentlemen...



we have an epic day ahead of us.



I think we are decided on

 l  of the agenda...



and you have in front of you...



draft proposals for our final statements,

as agreed.



Which brings us to these

wretched Millennium Goals...



and whether this is the conference...



at which we really commit...



to the fight against extreme poverty...



or simply move ahead sensibly

to achieve what is achievable.



And my instinct

and therefore my determination...



is that despite yesterday's

bizarre interruption...



which put the case,

I think, somewhat too emotionally...



we should do the huge deed.



We cannot allow this casual holocaust...



to take place on our watch

for one more year.



So, extreme poverty will return...



to the top of the agenda today.



We will make definitive progress on aid...



on debt relief, on trade justice...



and anyone who thinks that's negotiable...



is, as my dad used to say,

"bloody well mistaken. "



Ladies and gentlemen,

we're handing around new proposals.



And remember, even if the Prime Minister

and I are alone on this...



We are not alone.



Behind us stand the       children...



who will die of extreme poverty each day...



and we are proud to be

their representatives.



I didn't give my life to politics...



in order to say

that I was part of a generation...



that succeeded in cutting the tariff...



on the import of processed coffee to   . %.



I want to be a member

of that great generation...



that for the first time had it in its power...



to wipe out poverty, and did so.



Are we alone in this?



Or will someone else stand beside us?



Okay, they're coming out. Here goes.



- Hello?

- Turn on your TV.



Ladies and gentlemen...



it's my duty and responsibility...



to report to you the outcome of this summit.



A summit when, I believe...



we had the opportunity to change the world.



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