Beatriz at Dinner
RELEASE DATE: June 9
DIRECTOR: Miguel Arteta
CAST: Salma Hayek, John Lithgow, Connie Britton, Chloë Sevigny
This uneasy comedy of matters became surprisingly (and unfortunately) timely on November 9, telling as it does the story of a fabulously wealthy, unapologetically racist blowhard real estate developer who finds himself locking horns with an immigrant humanitarian at an intimate dinner party. I know, I know, it sounds like the worst kind of allegorical pap, but in all fairness, screenwriter Mike White and director Miguel Arteta (who previously collaborated on Chuck & Buck and The Good Girl) didn’t realize they were crafting a trenchant political statement. What they presumably set out to make, they did: a keenly observed and frequently upsetting portrayal of the rules of polite society, and of a woman who decides not to play by them.