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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Beatriz At Dinner (2017)

A massage therapist and healer (Salma Hayek) finds that her car won't start after treating a wealthy client (Connie Britton) in the posh Newport Beach community. The client asks her to stay for the dinner party she and her husband (David Warshofsky) are giving for a select group of business friends. It can't possibly end well and it doesn't. Written by Mike White specifically for Hayek and directed by Miguel Arteta (THE GOOD GIRL). An intriguing premise that delivers the goods until its misguided conclusion. As cinema, it's certainly timely as it mirrors the fractious and divisive feelings that are currently impacting the U.S. As Americans, we like to think we are a classless and equal culture, a class system is what they have in Great Britain but not here. But the truth is, we do have a class system here and BEATRIZ is one of the rare films that address the issue. Save John Litghgow's reactionary conservative, the upscale party guests pat themselves on the back for being "liberal" and Beatriz is referred to as "family" when the truth of the matter is they are condescending and live behind huge security gates to keep her "kind" out. The film is fair to them and doesn't portray them as bad people, just hypocritical. The acting is first rate, the dialog provocative but I wish they could have come up with a more organic and natural ending. With Chloe Sevigny, Jay Duplass and Amy Landecker.

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