man with the dedication to build a model of the Eiffel Tower constructed
of almost 350,000 matchsticks and you've found someone who can
cast aside all distractions to pursue his own purpose. You'll
also find someone totally oblivious to everything around him, to
such an extent that to the world he appears to be an idiot. When
Pierre Brochant, a Paris publisher with a penchant for The Dinner
Game. finds master matchstick builder Francois Pignon,
he may just have stepped in his own idiot trap.
displays the Eiffel Tower in his office. ŠUniversal
A group of
sophisticated Parisian smart-setters have a special weekly
dinner together. There's only one requirement and it's not bring
you own bottle. It's bring your own idiot. The idiots,
you see, are the evening's entertainment. And the group is so
self satisfied that they never let the idiots know they are
making fun of them. Someone's being set up for a well-deserved
slip on a banana peel.
Brochant decides to invite idiot Pignon to
his apartment for a preprandial drink and for his own private
fun before sharing him with The Dinner Game crew. But
everything is falling apart for Brochant. He even puts the game
before the needs of his beautiful wife, which provides a
platform for much of the merriment. Unfortunately,
the perfect idiot is the one man to drive Brochant crazy enough
to jump off a model of the Eiffel Tower.
Yes, The Dinner
Game is a one joke movie; much like Bean, a film that gets a
subtle nod from the director, it depends on the imbecilic
behavior of its resident idiot. The execution and timing are
flawless. Though the film
plays mostly in one apartment set, the laughter works at such a
frenetic pace that you barely realize the film is actually stage
Writer/Director Francois Veber takes off with his Dinner Game
premise and finds one inventive situation after another to
torment Brochant. My stomach still hurts from laughing.
Pignon is played with bumbling innocence and old dog eyes by
Jacques Villert. The stout and somewhat sweaty actor delights in taking every situation to
its zaniest conclusion. Thierry L'hermitte is the great straight
man in pain. Yes, deserves his pain, but that's part of the
delight. Adding to the excellent company is
Francois Huster who plays Brochant's ex-best friend with
infectious laughter, and Daniel Provost, as a tax auditor
extraordinaire with a taste for fine wine.
Bright interior images sparkle on the The
Dinner Game DVD. Contrast range provides theatrical snap tot
he images. Details of the apartment are sharply resolved.
Transfer elements are perfectly clean. Color is vibrant and
perfectly controlled. Yellow English subtitles appear on the
image and the translation preserved the timing essential to the
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