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The Dinner Party (2 stars)

Australian psychological drama by Scott Murden

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The Dinner Party

(15) 88min
(Kaleidoscope)

Opening with the claim that it was inspired by real events, this Australian psychological drama by Scott Murden manages to drain the plausibility out of its subject by flatly delivered, moralising dialogue, clumsy character exposition and behaviour that isn’t intriguingly singular, but often just daftly inexplicable. The film is told in flashback as police interrogate the various characters about a dinner party hosted by the psychotically perfectionist as well as beautiful and bullying Angela (Lara Cox). She intends, we’re informed, to commit suicide with her boyfriend and invites people round to witness their last supper, but the night doesn’t quite go according to the plan, as we see, not least through lack of money when Angela tries to score enough heroin off a dealer to put the pair of them in an early grave. Begging for satire (Angela takes all the course books out of the library to guarantee herself the best grades) but played all too straight, The Dinner Party is a dish best turned down.

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