The dinner

The dinner

DVD - 2015 | Italian
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"A taut morailty play that chronicles the downward spiral of a bourgeois family, unhinging at its foundation after a grisly act of violence"--Container.
Publisher: New York, New York : Film Movement, 2015
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE DINN
Characteristics: video file,DVD video,rda
laser optical,NTSC,rda
digital,optical,Dolby digital 5.1,rda
1 videodisc (92 minutes) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 inches

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AL_SUZANNE Nov 18, 2017

THE DINNER (I nostri ragazzi) is an Italian film located in the Foreign Film DVD collection. It is actually based on the Dutch novel also called THE DINNER by Herman Koch. This Italian version (from 2015) of the movie was great. It's about two brothers who have regular dinners with their respective families but something disturbing happens with two of the children-not a Hollywood ending for sure. And speaking of Hollywood, there is now a U.S. version (as of 2017) of THE DINNER starring Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Steve Coogan, and Rebecca Hall. Can't wait to compare it with the Italian one.

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kdrabek
Nov 05, 2017

When I saw that Alessandro Gassman was in this movie, I had low expectations. He's made movies that were of a lower level than American Pie. But his performance in The Dinner
is excellent and I think his transformation from apparently image-conscious and often glib to quietly horrified and morally paralyzed is very effective. Giving a Dutch-novel an Italian twist introduces the very Latin reality of the fiercely protective mother, though this one at least gives her son space. Since this movie was made an American version with Steve Coogan and Richard Gera was released. It's somewhat strange that these two couples have been having these dinners regularly for years despite one couple not enjoying the evenings. Benny, the character of the daughter, is not much of an actress but she is somewhat frightening and the Slovak actress who plays her stepmother, who is not credible as an Italian, is portrayed as inconsequential eye candy. This leaves the creepy teenage son and the two fathers who are all convincing. I think the best part of the movie is that, early on, it manages to convince the viewer to imagine themselves in the position of these parents. This situation is one most of us can't imagine and brings up big questions about whether we should do more as parents, how much we might be responsible for our children's morality, whether unconditional love has a place in every situation and whether we can or should look past a reprehensible crime to see the child we want to see again. The ending was jarring but in this way the director didn't choose a resolution for us.

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mcduffkc
Sep 21, 2017

Great movie and what a powerful ending.

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jimg2000
Sep 10, 2017

Liked the morality message but the ambiguous ending was marginally acceptable. A better watch of the same premise is the Romanian 2013 film Child's Pose. Not sure where the beach scene location was with those gigantic dolosse or tetrapods but surely weird setting.

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Donnaff4
Aug 13, 2017

Didn't know it was English subtitles, not our thing

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voisjoe1_0
Feb 17, 2016

Two brothers have periodic dinners with their wives at a fancy restaurant where they seem to talk about the great food and restaurant environment, but one can sense a semi-vicious sibling rivalry and jealousy, etc. While they seem to be talking about banalities, they will soon become embroiled in a situation brought about by drugs, alcohol, youthful indiscretion, criminal behavior, violence, and death. While this film is based upon a famous Dutch novel (63 comments on this library website), this is the first comment on this very good Italian film based upon that novel).

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