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THE DINNER (HET DINER)
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Completed - DUTCH - Thriller - 88 minutes

Log Line

Two couples go out to dinner one night. They talk about everyday stuff; stuff people that have dinner talk about: work, the latest movies, the War in Iraq, holiday planning, etcetera. But in the meantime they avoid the subject they actually should be talking about: their children.

Previous markets

  • Toronto 2013 (Premiere)
  • BUSAN 2013 (Line up)
  • AFM 2013 (Screening)
  • Sundance 2014 (Line up)
Full history

Year of production : 2013

Director(s) : Menno MEYJES
Writer(s) : Menno MEYJES
Cast : Daan SCHUURMANS, Jacob DERWIG, Kim VAN KOOTEN, Thekla REUTEN

Producer(s) : Maarten SWART (Eyeworks Film & TV Drama B.V.), Reinout OERLEMANS (Eyeworks Film & TV Drama B.V.)

Synopsis

Serge knows something, otherwise he would not have made reservations in this fancy restaurant. Babette knows something too, otherwise she wouldn’t cry. Hopefully they won’t tell Claire, because she doesn’t know anything.
And Paul… Paul knows everything.
The brothers Serge (Daan Schuurmans) ,a politician who’s in the running to become prime minister, and Paul Lohman (Jacob Derwig), a dismissed history teacher but now housekeeping, are taking their wives Babette and Claire out to dinner. They talk about everyday casualties, but at the same time there is an obvious tension. They all avoid the subject they actually should be talking about: their children. Their children did something terrible that can ruin their future. But who knows what?

Market status

  • AFM
    Line Up

Production

Country(ies) : NETHERLANDS

Festivals and Awards

Toronto - TIFF 2013 Contemporary World Cinema


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