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The Dinner (1998)

La cena (original title)
A multitude of characters face personal problems while having dinner in a roman restaurant.

Director:

Ettore Scola

Writers:

Ettore Scola (story), Ettore Scola | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Fanny Ardant ... Flora
Antonio Catania Antonio Catania ... Mago Adam
Francesca d'Aloja Francesca d'Aloja ... Alessandra
Riccardo Garrone ... Diomede
Vittorio Gassman ... Maestro Pezzullo
Giancarlo Giannini ... Professore
Marie Gillain ... Allieva
Nello Mascia ... Menghini
Adalberto Maria Merli Adalberto Maria Merli ... Bricco
Corrado Olmi Corrado Olmi ... Arturo
Eros Pagni Eros Pagni ... Duilio
Daniela Poggi Daniela Poggi
Rolando Ravello Rolando Ravello
Stefania Sandrelli ... Isabella
Stefano Antonucci Stefano Antonucci
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Storyline

An evening at an Italian restaurant. Hosted by tolerant and relaxed Flora, various parties of middle-class people come in -- large and small, young and old, regulars and tourists, married and single -- to dine, converse, argue, celebrate, make confessions; to overhear other people's discussions, to interrupt them, to sing, listen to music, and enjoy life. The camera, just like the people, moves constantly from table to table, into the kitchen and the back room to observe the staff's petty jealousies and frustrations -- until two hours later it's time for everybody to go home. Written by Markku Kuoppamäki

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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Official Sites:

MEDUSA FILM - LA CENA

Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

27 November 1998 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

A vacsora See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Not my cup of tea
5 January 2008 | by vitachielSee all my reviews

It was to be expected that most comments on this movie were of a congratulatory nature. What's not to like about a film that focuses on just one whole evening of people having dinner in a typical Italian restaurant, with typical Italian costumers with a typical Italian predilection for good food and wine, while eavesdropping on their typical Italian conversations? OK, I'm a bit too cynical here, I know. In fact, for people interested in Italian cultural peculiarities, this film is definitively worth watching. If you want to see a good and/or entertaining movie with interesting characters, a good plot or original directing, look elsewhere. Because the personality of all the characters is set and fixed from the start and nothing is done to add a twist in psychology or state of affairs of those involved, prepare for a long and tedious sit. Nearly every second somebody is talking, but not one conversation ever gets really interesting or funny. All in all, too much of the same.


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