Tuesday, January 19, 2016

THE DINNER-Italian 2014




I loved the novel by Herman Koch of a few  years ago. And yet this movie, though very different, was tremendously satisfying too. Ivano de Matteo’s nuanced drama widens the scope in a way that makes you feel you understand the story better. More than one way to skin a cat, I guess.

Two teenagers, cousins and both seemingly normal, are caught on video kicking an old woman who got in their way. As the story unfolds you see why such a thing took place given their families and how society treats wealthy kids today. Pretty scary stuff.

5 comments:

Deb said...

I read his SUMMER HOUSE WITH SWIMMING POOL which had both a thoroughly repellent narrator and a scene of such parental cluelessness it bordered on abuse. Anyway, perhaps I came to him through the wrong book, but I was disinclined to try anything else by him.

pattinase (abbott) said...

That sounds much like this one. I guess if a film or book reflects life in some interesting or artistic way, I give it a lot of leeway. Maybe too much.

Margot Kinberg said...

Oh, I thought the novel was, indeed, really scary, Patti. But I've not yet seen the film. I ought to try to.

Todd Mason said...
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Todd Mason said...

OUR KIDS would've been the better English title, too.