Monday, January 11, 2016

Film Review: The Dinner/ Darka (2014) Suela Bako

By Olivia Maria Hărşan

Suela Bako’s The Dinner is a hyperreal gem. At the core of the narrative is the eldest sibling, Diana’s grief through the loss of her mother and the confusion she feels when her father proposes to marry his new girlfriend, Entela. The action takes place at a casual dinner party involving her father, a work colleague and his wife along with Diana’s soon to be stepmother. The hand held camera follows the awkward silence, which converts to a Roy Andersson type of absurdism as one of the female guests bursts into a fit of laughter. Diana resembles a deity as she sits at the table, brilliantly lit as if belonging to another world. She possesses the strength of the mythological goddess, she is nurturing with her young sister and resilient towards any challenges she must face in life. The Dinner is about accepting the pain of grief, understanding how to manage it and allowing the love of others to prevail over the darkness.

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