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The Invitation (2015)

Not Rated | | Drama, Mystery, Thriller | 8 April 2016 (USA)
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A man accepts an invitation to a dinner party hosted by his ex-wife, an unsettling affair that reopens old wounds and creates new tensions.

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Karyn Kusama
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Logan Marshall-Green ... Will
Tammy Blanchard ... Eden
Emayatzy Corinealdi ... Kira
Aiden Lovekamp ... Ty
Michelle Krusiec ... Gina
Mike Doyle ... Tommy
Jordi Vilasuso ... Miguel
Jay Larson ... Ben
Marieh Delfino ... Claire
Michiel Huisman ... David
Lindsay Burdge ... Sadie
John Carroll Lynch ... Pruitt
Toby Huss ... Dr. Joseph
Danielle Camastra ... Annie
Trish Gates ... Follower (as Patricia Gates)
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Will and Eden were once a loving couple. After a tragedy took their son, Eden disappeared. Two years later, out of the blue, she returns with a new husband... and as a different person, eerily changed and eager to reunite with her ex and those she left behind. Over the course of a dinner party in the house that was once his, the haunted Will is gripped by mounting evidence that Eden and her new friends have a mysterious and terrifying agenda. But can we trust Will's hold on reality? Or will he be the unwitting catalyst of the doom he senses?

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There is no darkness. Just reunion. See more »


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The director and the writers had complete creative control on the film, as it was independently produced without any involvement from major studios. See more »

Goofs

The fine wine served at the beginning of the party is referred to as an "'85 Rothschild." However, this is not enough information to identify the bottle as there are two highly prestigious wines associated with the name "Rothschild": Chateau Lafite-Rothschild and Chateau Mouton-Rothschild. To distinguish between the two, they are commonly known as "Lafite" and "Mouton" respectively. However, the bottle that WIll pours from appears to be a Lafite, so the error could be deliberate. See more »

Quotes

Will: You look different, Edie.
Eden: I am different. I'm free. All that useless pain, it's gone. It's something anyone can have, Will, and I want you to have it too.
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Referenced in Half in the Bag: Shut in and Arrival (2016) See more »

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Baby You're Gone
Written by Craig Wedren and Benjamin Newgard (as Benjamin L. Newgard)
Vocals, Harmonica and Percussion Performed by Craig Wedren
Guitar Performed by Benjamin Newgard (as Benjamin L. Newgard)
Published by Modern Works and Benjamin L. Newgard (BMI)
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An intense experience

A powerful feature film. Despite some reminiscence (group of friends, dinner, the house atmosphere, colors) with "Coherence" is undoubtedly an original movie. A very interesting point made by the director (who had already done Girlfight and Jennifer's Body) over a possible processing of the pain of a loss, in a quite denying way, perhaps cynical, reaching extremes of aggressiveness. A lot of tension, making us doubt who you believe (or even what is real) at every step, until the crux of the matter comes; you may wait a little for that, but it's worth it. Point for the director for not using low blows. Worthwhile if you want to spend a very intense time. With regards to actors' work, "Will" comes out unscathed. "Eden" maybe a little artificial, but I think it is an intentional nuance given by the director. The rest comes off well. The screenplay is pretty good. Although it is not revolutionary, the pace is accurate, keeps the suspense, and plays with ambiguity.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 April 2016 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$67,877, 10 April 2016

Gross USA:

$231,737

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$354,835
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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