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The Dinner

The Dinner

A Feature film by Ettore Scola

Produced by Les Films Alain Sarde

Release in France : 16/02/2000


    A restaurant, at that special dinner hour. Everyone freed from their anxieties and obligations, in a good mood, open to conversation, just taking things easy. Things are humming between staff and clients. There's no harshness, no aggression. This particular restaurant can be found in a large city that might just be Rome. The owner, the beautiful wife of an older, depressed man, is secretly in love with an intellectual. While one of the waiters is secretly in love with her. This evening, she's expecting forty clients all with different backgrounds and interests. And every table tells a story. There are love stories: between two strangers, each sitting at a different table; between an old teacher and his student. There are family stories: a mother and daughter who don't get on, and at another table, a man with his two children who angrily accuse him of being a negligent father. Then there's the table of wealthy retailers, talking loud and fast… The gorgeous suburban girl being fought over by four passionate, naïve lovers… The teenagers celebrating the sixteenth birthday of the restaurant owner's granddaughter… The only thing bringing them close together is the decision to go out to dinner instead of staying at home in front of the television. Tonight they'll talk instead of listening.

    Actors (13)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producer :

    Les Films Alain Sarde

    Foreign production companies :

    Massfilm, Medusa

    Co-productions :

    France 3 Cinéma, Filmtel

    French distribution :

    BAC Films

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    Flora displays self-sacrifice by devoting her life to others: she is there to welcome, to understand. Even if there’s no room left she’ll always manage to find a place at some table – she never throws anyone out. She has that nun-like side – “Suffer little children to come unto me!” – which is pretty unusual in Scola’s films, but which I liked enormously. She’s a friend who supports you, puts you at ease, in a restaurant where you might be intimidated…

    Fanny Ardant, actress

    Full credits (15)

    Executive Producer :

    Alain Sarde

    Foreign Producer :

    Franco Committeri

    Screenwriters :

    Ettore Scola, Giacomo Scarpelli, Furio Scarpelli, Silvia Scola

    Production Manager :

    Romolo Biondi

    Editors :

    Franco Di Giacomo, Raimondo Crociani

    Production Designer :

    Luciano Ricceri

    Costume designer :

    Odette Nicoletti

    Still Photographer :

    Gianfranco Salis

    Assistant Director :

    Gianni Arduini

    Sound Recordist :

    Remo Ugolinelli

    Director of Photography :

    Franco Di Giacomo

    Press Attachés (film) :

    Dominique Segall, Astrid Gavard

    Continuity supervisor :

    Iole Natoli

    Music Composer :

    Armando Trovajoli

    French Distributor :

    Jean Labadie

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    Feature film

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    Italy, France

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    Minority French (Italy, France)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 48 min

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    Posters (2)



    Punta Del Este - International Film Festival - 2000

    Punta Del Este - International Film Festival (Uruguay, 2000)


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