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BEATRIZ AT DINNER (2017)


This independent film benefits greatly from a solid script and excellent work from old pros Selma Hayek and John Lithgow.  Selma is the title character, a masseuse-healer whose quirkiness is set up from the start as she has a goat and several dogs living with her in her lower-middle-class household.  She’s asked by her wealthy friend Kathy (Connie Britton) to come give her a massage before a dinner party. They know each other because Beatriz took care of Kathy’s daughter when she was suffering from cancer (she eventually recovered).  When it’s time to go, Beatriz’ crappy VW won’t start.  Asking to wait for her friend to come repair it, Kathy invites her to stay and have dinner with them.  But among the guests at this get-together is the ruthless and infamous Doug Strutt (John Lithgow).  As all talk, Beatriz suspects he may be the same man she protested against in Mexico, as he built a Trump-like hotel that displaced her village – and her family.  The dialogue is good as the two go back and forth.  Lithgow wisely doesn’t play Strutt as an ogre, but with layers and shading, and Hayek equally shows Beatriz as slightly off her rocker.  It’s all good – until the highly puzzling ending.  Perhaps we’re supposed to come up with our own reasoning for why Beatriz does what she does at the end, but it almost ruins the film for me.  Definitely worth seeing for the fine performances, but you may scratch your head at the conclusion. 
 
TLA one-word review: ambitious