Woody Allen and Neill Blomkamp
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‘Blue Jasmine’ and ‘Elysium': Inequality at the movies

Woody Allen and Neill Blomkamp
An urban auteur with a hardscrabble past:

“Blue Jasmine": 77-year-old Brooklynite and immigrants’ son Woody Allen now lives in New York’s wealthy enclave, the Upper East Side.


“Elysium": 33-year-old South African child of apartheid Neill Blomkamp now lives in Canada’s wealthy West Coast enclave, Vancouver.

 (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times, Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)
Jasmine and Secretary Delacort
A brittle blond on the verge of losing it all:

“Blue Jasmine": In 2013, elegant New York socialite Jasmine, played by Chanel-clad Oscar winner Cate Blanchett, struggles to hold herself together with the help of vodka and pills.


“Elysium": In 2154, elegant French politician Secretary Delacort, played by Armani-clad Oscar winner Jodie Foster, struggles to hold her colony together with the help of spaceships and mercenaries.

 (Jessica Miglio / Sony Pictures Classics, TriStar, Columbia Pictures - Sony / Kimberley French)
Augie and Max
A hard-working, tattooed working class hero jobbed by the system:

“Blue Jasmine": Andrew Dice Clay’s Augie gets taken in by a financial scam thanks to rich jerk Hal (Alec Baldwin).


“Elysium": Matt Damon’s Max gets radiated in an industrial accident thanks to rich jerk John Carlyle (William Fichtner).

 (Jessica Miglio / Sony Pictures Classics, TriStar, Columbia Pictures - Sony / Stephanie Blomkamp.)
Ginger and Frey
Broke, kindhearted single mom in peril:

“Blue Jasmine": Jasmine’s sweet brunet sister, grocery clerk Ginger (British actress Sally Hawkins), gets busy with a sketchy dude in a van (Louis C.K.).


“Elysium": Max’s sweet childhood friend, hospital worker Frey (Brazilian actress Alice Braga), gets kidnapped by a sketchy dude in a van (Sharlto Copley).

 (Sony Pictures Classics, Tristar, Columbia Pictures - Sony / Kimberley French)
Chili and Julio
How the poor get by:

“Blue Jasmine": In a cluttered San Francisco walkup, with dignity and a little help from charismatic ethnic guy Chili (Bobby Canavale).


“Elysium": In a trash-strewn Los Angeles barrio, with dignity and a little help from charismatic ethnic guy Julio (Diego Luna).

 (Merrick Morton / Sony Pictures Classics, TriStar, Columbia Pictures - Sony / Kimberley French)
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