Starring: Starring Alessandro Gassmann, Luigi Lo
Cascio, Giovanna Mezzogiorno, Barbora Bobulova, Rosabell Laurenti
Sellers, Jacopo Olmo Antinori
Directed by: Ivano de Matteo
star-studded Italian film asks just how far family loyalties,
and protection of those you love, can go. And, The Dinner
has been beautifully created for film from a best selling novel
by Herman Koch by director Ivano de Matteo.
family dynamics are on full display here; no Norman Rockwell-esque
illusions of a table filled with adoration and respect. Um, no.
One boisterous brother defends seemingly horrid clients in court,
while the other saves children’s lives in hospital; high
power attorney vs. pediatrician. The two, along with wives-in-tow,
meet for a tense play on dinner each month at a swanky restaurant.
With each evening they do the family tolerance dance like a competitive
competition. They chat and chew friendly enough but the undercurrents
are deep, dark, and you know just bellow the surface are sea-monster
big issues waiting to battle ala Ghidoraha meets Carcinus.
Then there’s the offspring we meet at home; each brother
has a child, about the same age, that hang out together socially.
These two, a girl and a boy, enjoy watching violent videos and
generally being kinda generic self-centered teens with obligatory
roles-assigned – the popular perfect façaded gal
and the quiet angst-ridden boy...
an alcohol riddled party the two do something really cruel and
life-changing to someone they’ve dismissed as useless. As
security footage, and knowledge of the horrific deed, bathes over
the parents like a hailstorm of volcanic spew, their reactions
immediately take the already polarized and fracture the core.
Their weighing of options begins.
builds upon morality and family a subject that translates into
any language. And, here, makes one helluva film.
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