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The Dinner - Film Review (Lavazza Italian Film Festival 2015)

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An impressive cast as they tear into this strong screenplay
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Directed by Ivano De Matteo and starring Luigi Lo Cascio, Alessandro Gassman, Giovanna Mezzogiorno and Barbora Bobulova, The Dinner is a 92 minute long drama. It's an adaptation of Herman Koch's best selling book, Our Boys (I Nostri Ragazzi) which won 4 prizes at the 2014 Venice Film Festival. However, instead of two boys, Director Ivano De Matteo has strayed from the title and has a boy and a girl instead. It'll screen at the upcoming Lavazza Italian Film Festival event (15/09/2015 - 21/10/2015) in participating states.

A film about two brothers who seem to have it all; Paolo is a paediatrician who works in a busy hospital and his wife Clara works as a guide. They have a 16 year old son Michele, of whom Clara is over protective and who does not seem to be doing well at school. He's close to his cousin Benny who is the same age as him and the daughter of his uncle Massimo, his father's brother. Benny also enjoys hanging out with him as opposed to her father, a very busy lawyer who also has a young toddler from his second wife Sofia.

The brothers and their wives meet each month for dinner at an expensive restaurant to catch up, even though their wives don't really get along. Under the surface there's tension between the brothers as well as they each have preconceived ideas about who they think the other is as a person.

This gripping drama involves a serious crime that becomes a deep moral dilemma for the wealthy brothers and their wives. The complexities of each character is heightened as the tension of the situation escalates and takes over their whole psyche. You'll see how each one reacts to the situation and how it slowly builds up for all the characters.

They face the moral questions of what's best to do in the situation. When push comes to shove which way will they really go, knowing the truth. Will they use their standing in the community, their power and wealth to sweep the situation under the carpet or will they face up to it before it drives everyone crazy, eroding all their lives? The end decision will surprise you.

The entire cast and this film flows calmly and easily, yet it's gripping, intense and powerful. The actors give some great performances and some of the scenes/cinematography are breathtaking. The ending of this film will stay with you long after you leave the cinema as you go over all the complexities of the situation in the film. The whole film is engaging with every nuance and emotion easily transparent to the viewer as it's delivered by an amazing cast. I certainly wouldn't miss this one at the festival.

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Why? A film that poses a moral dilemma for 2 brothers who seem to have it all.
When: Lavazza Italian Film Festival event (15/09/2015 - 21/10/2015) in participating states.
Where: At participating states and Palace Cinemas
Your Comment
Can someone explain what happens at the end. Sofia goes back to get her purse - Massimo is outside the restaraunt and we hear a thud. Wha????
by bobbe (score: 0|5) 1776 days ago
i thought Massimo deliberately walked into car's path
by jaypt (score: 0|5) 1771 days ago
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