If you put Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Steve Coogan, and Rebecca Hall around a table — real or cinematic — we’d gladly break bread with them. And the cast alone, coupled with the talented Oren Moverman (“The Messenger,” “Rampart“) behind the camera, make “The Dinner” one we’re keen to see.
Based on the best-selling book by Herman Koch, the story centers on two couples who meet to discuss the terrible crime that binds them together, only to see an argument tear them apart. Here’s the synopsis:
Paul has no desire to go out to dinner with his brother Stan, a well-known politician, and his sister-in-law Barbara. But his wife Claire insists on him accompanying her. The couples meet at a hip restaurant but, in between each exquisite course, dark family secrets are brought out onto the table. The couples’ sons are responsible for a terrible crime — as yet undiscovered — and their parents must now decide how to deal with the situation. An argument soon ensues, since public disclosure would change the lives of each of them forever.
“The Dinner” will premiere at the Berlin Film Festival and opens on May 5th. [EW]