At one point, The Dinner was going to be Cate Blanchett’s feature directorial debut, with Oren Moverman on scripting duties. However, she moved on and the adaptation of Herman Koch’s novel saw Moverman shift into the director’s chair. He’s an interesting choice, having written movies such as I’m Not There and directed The Messenger and Rampart.
In The Dinner, ‘Paul has no desire to go out to dinner with his brother Stan, a well-known politician, and his sister-in-law Barbara. But his wife Claire insists on him accompanying her. The couples meet at a hip restaurant but, in between each exquisite course, dark family secrets are brought out onto the table. The couples’ sons are responsible for a terrible crime — as yet undiscovered — and their parents must now decide how to deal with the situation. An argument soon ensues, since public disclosure would change the lives of each of them forever.’
Richard Gere, Steve Coogan, Laura Linney and Rebecca Hall play the movie’s main quartet. You can take a look at the trailer below. It’ll be in US cinemas in May. No UK date is currently set.