The Dinner Guest
Whilst The Dinner Guest is basically an indoors movie set in Gerard & Colette’s apartment this is part of the charm and is used well by the Director Laurent Bouhnik.
An unknown neighbour, Alexandre, comes to Colette’s rescue helping out in a handyman’s fashion whilst Gerard is at a job interview. Alexandre learns of his neighbours successful job interview and impending dinner invitation to the prospective boss, Potignac, which would see the end of Gerard’s 3 years of unemployment and ensuing depressive state.
Alexandre (himself in a state of change) interprets their simple lifestyle and passions to be unworthy of exposure to a potential employer, and detrimental to Gerard clinching the job. He endeavours to put things in place to give an impression that will ensure that the job is Gerard’s.
The ensuing comedy of errors is at times predictable, but also unexpected.
Colette’s role could be seen by some viewers as sexist and discriminatory but I felt it added to the tapestry of their plight as the movie made its way to the final scenes.
Overall once again a great French movie which left me pondering: what about the cuisine that was to be had??!!
Reviewed by: Linda McGlynn.
Duration: 81 mins.
Director: Rachid Bouchareb.
Actors: Daniel Auteuil, Valérie Lemercier, Thierry Lhermitte, Hippolyte Girardot, Artus de Penguern, Pascale Dinizani.
Release Date: December 26, 2008.