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Drama - Family

The Dinner (2017)

Duration 2h 0m Rating (UK) 15
Source of story A novel of the same name by Herman Koch
Writers/Script Oren Moverman
Additional Info The author of the book refused to go to the after priemer party because he thought that the film, the third to be made of the book, was easily the worst, and objected to its tone.
Director Oren Moverman
Starring Michael Chernus, Steven Coogan, Laura Linney, Richard Gere, Rebecca Hall, Chloë Sevigny
Elevator Pitch A mentally unstable former history teacher and his wife are invited by his elder brother to dinner at an exclusive restaurant. The brother, married for the second time to a younger woman, is running for governor, hence the dining is constantly interrupted, but gradually the reason for the dinner is revealed which is that he intends to tell the police about a serious crime in which their sons have been involved.
Content The dinner takes place with the meals described by the Maitre D’, but the diners constantly leave the table for one reason or another. There are flashbacks to the crime being committed and to events in the life of the brothers and that of the history teacher. Eventually they get down to cases and decide on future action – or not!
A View I liked the idea but it was waylaid by the constant flashbacks and confusing interaction between the players, until in the last forty minuts or so they get to the meat of the piece. They left the table so often that I got worried about the food. And I’m forced to say that I think there are logistics problems which always get me going. No-one much likes this, including my wife and I, so I could not recommend it.

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Author of this site three technical books and two novels


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