The Dinner

I haven’t read the best-selling Dutch novel on which this 2014 Italian drama is based, and I disliked the film so much that I don’t intend to read the book anytime soon. Scripted by Valentina Ferlan and director Ivano De Matteo, the movie trades in moral simplifications and heavy-handed arguments, dressing them up with posh architecture, sensitive acting, and swooping camera movements to pass them off as sophisticated. Philosophically inclined yet lazy in its storytelling, it’s reminiscent of such lesser Woody Allen dramas as Melinda and Melinda and Cassandra’s Dream. I would hope that novelist Herman Koch explored the themes of violence and moral reckoning with greater finesse. Continue reading >&gt