Beatriz at Dinner

Beatriz at Dinner

DVD - 2017
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Beatriz, an immigrant from a poor town in Mexico, has drawn on her innate kindness to build a career as a spiritual health practitioner in Los Angeles. Doug Strutt is a cutthroat, self-satisfied billionaire real estate developer. When these two opposites meet at a dinner party, their worlds collide and neither will ever be the same.
Publisher: [Canada] :, Elevation Pictures,, [2017]
Branch Call Number: DVD COMEDY BEA
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (83 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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lotuslori_8 Feb 09, 2018

This film is described as a comedy, but I didn't find anything funny about it. At the end, I just thought what and why?


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Vivica
Aug 04, 2018

I couldn't get past the irony of Selma Hayek, who comes from a pampered background & is married Francois-Henri Pinault (Chairman of Luxury Brand Co.- Kering S.A.) was chosen to play this roll - how disingenuous!!

This is NOT a comedy. This is a drama with a surprise ending. That said, it's a poignant reflection on our modern society and the things we value (and don't value), how we treat people, and the effect is has on some of us.

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booksmile
Jun 29, 2018

Only watch this if you want to fall into helpless despair at the fate of the world/society

This is not a comedy; it is a tragedy. It is a painful movie to watch but well performed and applicable to any political period that reveals the ugly truth of people who love money and want power (eg. Scrooge by Dickens). This movie is worth watching to better understand people who really really really love money. If you are looking for comedy look elsewhere.
The characters at dinner who have no problem killing animals for fun and nature for profit, who freely admit they love money, and who have have no respect for humanity or nature will not be disturbed or influenced by Beatriz before, during and after dinner. She simply doesn't matter to them. Beatriz is tolerated and underestimated. At one point in the dinner Beatriz explains that healing takes time and patience, but who will heal Beatriz?
Unfortunately, this movie gives Beatriz only two violent choices at the end, forgetting a middle way of positive determination and healing. In my opinion this movie adds to the media inspired hopelessness of this era. The serious cruelty Beatriz discovers during this evening destroys her, but this nihilistic ending disrespects her strength and character. In my opinion Beatriz, would have rejected both violent choices at the end of the movie.
ALTERNATE ENDING: Beatriz revises her client list, keeps working at the health centre, and finds healing in part by the "daughter" showing up at the clinic and they stay friends for life.

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brit4321
Jun 14, 2018

The strangest movie I've ever seen. No point to it. Total waste of time.

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humbleworm
Jun 09, 2018

Beatriz meets her antithesis at an awkward dinner party and struggles with the paradox of abandoning her beliefs in order to defend them. Unfortunately, the characters are too stereotyped to be relatable, very little happens and there's not enough depth for its bleak message to be thought-provoking. I thought somehow it would follow the path of Down And Out In Beverly Hills but it felt more like Babette's Feast. Misclasssified as a comedy because of a Screen Daily reviewer who clearly didn't watch it ("A sharply funny comedy") and people on the cover who look far happier than they are in the film.

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movie20
May 20, 2018

Not a comedy, which I was expecting. An intense drama which makes you think. I don't think it was a rich vs poor message. For me it was more about different view points and how you chose to live your life. Some people wear blindfolds others do not.😕

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tas808
May 17, 2018

awful movie, my wife quit watching after 20 min. I wasted my time by watching the whole thing, waiting for something to happen. Recommend to pass on this one

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breemu
May 11, 2018

This movie seemed to be trying to convey something of great importance but never quite got there. Or, maybe that was the point - how insular we are in our own sphere, ignorant of and/or unmoved by the realities of others.

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misatim
May 05, 2018

There is absolutely nothing comedical about this film. The story is empty and void, quite the shame as the actors are big names.

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humbleworm
Jun 09, 2018

humbleworm thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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