This is a small film combining the subgenres of the dinner party movie and the terminal illness movie. It doesn't really have the intellectual debates common to the former, but this means it avoids being tedious and pretentious; and it doesn't really have the devastating scenes of the latter, but that means it avoids being emotionally manipulative. Of course this also means it feels a little thin, despite some rather awkwardly done flashbacks, but I think the actors' performances succeed in drawing the audience into the intimate atmosphere. Like most, this party is sort of boring, so the relationship dynamics between the briefly sketched characters barely sustain interest. A simple movie like this runs the risk of going nowhere, but I think the concept and execution were good enough to make something satisfying.
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