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Psychological Thriller ‘The Dinner’ Shows the Dark Side of Fine Dining

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The new film is set in an exclusive restaurant
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The film hits theaters on Friday, May 5.

Fine dining might seem glamorous, but a new film called The Dinner reveals that there’s more to the elite life than meets the eye. The film features Richard Gere, who plays a congressman running for governor, along with Steve Coogan, Laura Linney, and Rebecca Hall.

The premise of the movie involves a family dinner at an exclusive restaurant that takes reservations three months in advance, according to the trailer. One character even says dining at the restaurant is like going to France.

The film, just like the novel it’s based on, is split into chapters named after courses, such as “aperitif” and “appetizer,” The Hollywood Reporter’s Boyd van Hoeij writes in a review.

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Although The Dinner may be set in a fancy restaurant, the underlying theme is not about haute cuisine, but about the dinner attendees’ children, who may have committed a crime.