Wednesday, June 5, 2013

My Dinner with Andre

That's the obvious and understandable reaction upon seeing the film, or hearing about it, and it's true. My Dinner with Andre tells the story of two old friend catching up for an extended meal at a ritzy restaurant. On a cold, New York night, a cynical, depressed playwright (Wallace Shawn) meets with his director friend (Andre Gregory), where he tells him of his recent world travels while the two engage in vivid and lengthy philosophical discussions. Shawn and Gregory, who are essentially playing themselves, also wrote the screenplay and paint an evocative picture in this imaginative film, adeptly directed by Louis Malle, where there is more than meets the eye.