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It looks like a normal invitation to dinner when the successful member of parliament Stan Lohman (Richard Gere) and his wife Katelyn (Rebecca Hall) meet Stan's brother Paul (Steve Coogan) and his wife Claire (Laura Linney) in a posh restaurant. But Paul realizes that his brother has something else in mind. After all, the two have hardly anything to do with each other. And there's this unpleasant secret hanging over the families like a dark shadow. Since Stan has ambitions for the governor post, this dinner will certainly have something to do with it. And in fact, it doesn't take long for Stan to address the terrible mystery. Now it's about: going public or being silent? The evening quickly turns into a nerve-racking psychological duel that reveals further abysses about the family…
With "The Dinner" director Oren Moverman has staged a gripping chamber play that poses some very essential questions: What is one prepared to do for one's own children? How far can you throw your own morals overboard to protect your children? Is it always right to protect children or are there moments when they need to be helped to take responsibility for their actions? And finally: What is truth and how do you deal with it? Moverman doesn't treat all this in a straightforward way, but with each course that his protagonists are served, he provides the viewer with new pieces of the puzzle for the frightening picture that only at the end of the game is fully assembled - only to leave more room for interpretation and speculation.
To tell a lot more about the cinematic adaptation of the award-winning novel "Directed" by Dutch author Herman Koch would spoil much of the tension and emotional power of the film. Just this much can be said: For the fact that the whole thing consists for the most part of dialogues that are exchanged at a table in a restaurant, "The Dinner" is damn exciting and extremely gripping for over two hours. Spiced with a little sarcastic humor and served by a really great cast, this psycho dinner is really tasty movie food.
The film is a psychodrama that raises big social questions on a small scale. This is not only about personal morality, but also about what adults teach their children. Media and politics are also involved here with a very critical eye. At first glance "The Dinner" may only be a small film. The truth he reveals, however, is as great as it is unpleasant - but it is immensely important to deal with such uncomfortable questions as those asked here. You can see how unpleasant this can be in the faces of the protagonists. A really good drama that an "Absolutely worth seeing" more than deserves!
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