A friend saw the film "Le dīner de cons" ("The
Dinner Game") at the '98 Toronto Film Festival and had rated
quite highly. That's why I went when it finally made its way to
the local Berg over a year later, despite my not having a lot of
success with other French comedies. There's something about
humour that doesn't translate well from one culture to another.
And yet this one does. Terry Lhermite plays a man who needs to
find an idiot to bring to a weekly dinner party -- a competition
for the guests to being the biggest con they can. He
finds one (Jacques Villeret). In short order, the man throws his
back out, his wife walks out on him, and his idiot drops 'round
the apartment. And then won't leave. It's a fun ride that leaves
you thinking "it can't get any worse" and then it does,
facilitated by the idiot.
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Le dīner de con