Beatriz at Dinner

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Beatriz at Dinner is about two protagonists on both ends of the political spectrum. On one end is Beatriz an immigrant from a poor town in Mexico and on the other end is Doug Strutt a brash, cutthroat, take no prisoner real estate developer billionaire. The two clash and collide when the two meet at a dinner party.

Beatriz is a holistic health practitioner and massage therapist who is into preserving nature while Doug Strutt is a powerful and callous real estate developer who does not care about the environment as long as his projects get build. The two meets at a small  and intimate fancy dinner party held at a seaside mansion in Newport Beach, California owned by a business partner of Doug where Doug is the guest of honor. Beatriz did not actually get invited to the dinner party but she gets stranded in the house of the party host because her car broke down after giving the host a massage. Cathy the house owner’s “liberal-guilt” attitude leads her to invite Beatriz to stay for dinner.

Beatriz at Dinner is a political satire about the present state of politics. Beatriz represents the left, somebody who cares about the environment and nature; Doug representing somebody currently occupying the White House, third wife in tow to the party and somebody who likes to the thrill of hunting animals in Africa. The two start to collide as soon as they are seated for dinner. Doug insults immigrants and laugh off environmentalists’ objections to his hotel projects. Beatriz is horrified and with the help of alcohol confronted Doug. Their banter is sometimes funny but mostly awkward for the other dinner guest, and for the movie audience.

Salma Hayek as Beatriz and John Lithgow as Doug Strutt delivered stunning performance, the movie is well written with plot easy to follow. You may not like the movie if you are into big budget summer movies with a lot of explosions or watch Fox.

It stars Salma Hayek as Beatriz, John Lithgow as Doug Strutt, Cathy Britton as Cathy, directed by Miguel Arleta and written by Mike White.

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32 Responses to Beatriz at Dinner

  1. simonball01 says:

    Celui qui dit que ce film est mauvais est un idiot complet.

  2. The verbal banter between the protagonists is amazing, it is a very well written movie.

  3. Tous les petits problèmes que les gens ont eu avec ce film sont exactement pourquoi j’adore. La «main forte» perçue du message joue beaucoup plus naturellement que ce que vous pourriez penser, et la vérité est que comme la majorité des auditoires qui voient cela seront probablement blancs, ils ont besoin de certaines choses énoncées, peu importe comment “réveillé” Ils pensent qu’ils le sont.

  4. melisball1 says:

    One of the best movie I have seen this year but this is not for everyone, you may like it if you know how to think you may not like it if you are into “popcorn” movies. It has great story and the protagonists did well.

  5. texangirl1 says:

    I am sure Salma Hayek and John Lithgow will get nominations from this movie.

  6. A good movie that reflects the present condition of politics in America, you would like it if you are on the left however will not like it if you are on the right.

  7. kellyball102 says:

    Salma Hayek is great in a great movie it ia fitting movie for the current political time and climate.

  8. linhosmond says:

    The best movie I have seen this year not your typical big corporate studio movie, just plain story telling about 2 opposing characters.

  9. miamilisa says:

    Not the summer blockbuster movie with a lot of explosions and action bit this is a movie for the thinking moviegoer. It is a very good reflection of where society is.

  10. lingday93 says:

    No magnificent production design like the usual summer popcorn movies but this is a great movie, great storlytelling.

  11. A very good movie that makes you think not your usual popcorn movie. Salma Hayek is great and should receive some acting nominations.

  12. simonmooes8 says:

    The most intelligent movie I have seen this year, good plot, good story telling though I didn’t liokr much the ending, they could have given the movie a better ending.

  13. johnbacon109 says:

    I am sure Salma Hayek will be nominated for her performance in this movie, John Lithgow might too.

  14. A very good movie which reflects the present state of politics….sad.

  15. A bit slow but it got a very good story. Who cares if slow, it is not your usual summer blockbuster, the movie is all about the story about two opposing views.

  16. lingmessing says:

    Salma Hayek is great in this movie, she should receive some acting nominations come award season.

    A very good movie for our time, a very good social commentary appropriate for the present time.

  17. It is a very good movie and a very good reflection of the present time, a satire that is on the mark.

  18. This is one movie with a substance, good movie.

  19. nancymoores says:

    The best movie I have seen this year so far, people may not see it that way but then again these people want to see mediocre fantasy movies.

  20. One of the best movie I have seen this year, great plot and story and Salma Hayek is great.

  21. franksmith5 says:

    Well done, a bit slow but that’s the beauty of it.

  22. jakeaniston says:

    The movie is a bit slow and has a mediocre ending.

  23. ralphmiren says:

    Salma Hayek is so good and should receive nominations for it. Good movie.

  24. With a great plot and very good acting it would have been a very good movie if not for the lousy ending, it is really a weird ending.

  25. allisadler says:

    A movie about the clash of two worlds in America, the haves and the have nots. Has anyone today play a better villain than John Lithgow. Dinner with horrible rich people and there is immigrant help Selma Hayek. Good plot and good story.

  26. Je me suis retrouvé en train de parler de cela très longtemps après sa fin. Les performances de tous les joueurs sont convaincantes, profondément troublantes et conflictuelles. Personne n’est laissé indemne ou se révèle complètement sage, bien que Beatriz ait, dès le début, une discrétion tranquille comme le rythme, étudiant ses compatriotes participants à la fête, alors qu’elle voit la laideur pas beaucoup plus profonde qu’en dessous de la surface. Si l’intention était de tenir un miroir à la majorité de la société et l’égoïsme et les activités triviales que les gens considèrent comme le succès de ce film.

  27. Vimos a Beatriz y nos encantó, teniendo dos personajes polarizantes que cada uno creció a través de su reunión no planificada pero vale la pena durante la cena. Alerta de spoiler, encontré el final inspirador cuando Beatriz se da cuenta de que su poder curativo será mejor servido sanando la fuente, Strutt y no sólo los síntomas y los dañados por él y otros como él. Su capacidad de absorber la enfermedad dentro de él y de facilitarla al mar nos da la esperanza de que el cambio es posible. Bien hecho de una película y Salma Hayek es genial.

  28. donaltaylor says:

    This is one of the better movies I have seen this year. Salma Hayek delivered a stunning performance and the writing is super excellent.

  29. Gilbert says:

    That is so true you may not like this movie if you watch Fox but would love it if you watch CNN or MSNBC.

  30. maryday93 says:

    This is a movie with a brain love it. It is very well written and acted, Salma Hayek and John Lithgow are so great.

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