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The Dinner (2013)

Het Diner (original title)
Two well-to-do couples with plenty to lose have dinner to discuss the gruesome act their teenage sons may or may not have committed together.

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Rector
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Camilla Meurer ...
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Paul and Claire are a couple. Paul is a failed history teacher who has put his heart and soul into his family and is now confronted with the vulnerability of this happiness. His wife Claire constantly drags him away from the edge and stops at nothing to protect her family. His brother Serge is married to Babette. Serge is a politician in the running to become Prime Minister. Babette is the lioness, supposed to be sleeping by his side. At a family dinner the avoid everything they actually need to discuss: a huge family drama. The Dinner puts everyone on edge. How far would you go when it comes to your family and your future? Written by Anonymous

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What's the final conclusion?
19 April 2014 | by (Budapest, Hungary) – See all my reviews

I've read the novel a couple of months ago and watched the movie today. I have to admit I like the novel a bit more than the movie. Personally I find the two male characters playing Paul's and Serge's role not believable, while the rest of the actors totally fit their role. I've expected a much stronger, not easily embarrassed, very confident older person to play Serge and a more sarcastic, but also an utterly confident version of Paul. I've found them both very feminine and weak in many ways. The story made a twist in my stomach again. Although I was aware what to expect from the novel I again had a moment where I almost shouted out loud because of my frustration. I closed my eyes twice during the movie and took a second to think about what I would do in a similar situation, I tried to imagine myself as the parents, I tried to grasp their views, but I couldn't find one single cell in me that would agree on their viewpoints. And the final answer I came up with was the same as I got while reading the novel. But maybe the problem lies within me. Who knows...Of course this is just a story, but with a very disturbing subject. The subject how far someone would go to save their own flesh and blood. The story of Het Diner does not teach us nothing at all. Does not provide an ideal, doesn't teach us values nor morality.


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