My Dinner With André

My Dinner With André

DVD - 1998
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The humorous encounter between two old friends who meet again after not seeing each other for two years.
Publisher: New York : Fox Lorber Home Video, [1998], c1981
ISBN: 9781572523449
1572523441
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (110 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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Aristd
May 26, 2017

Less convenient than before
How to cancel an order??

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lindy919
Mar 11, 2017

The movie equivalent of having to sit through a meal with a drama queen chatterbox. The only difference is that you can turn this one off (which I did around 45 minutes in).

AL_SARAHD Oct 11, 2016

My beloved but eccentric Uncle had been pestering me to watch this movie for what seems like a few years. Finally, last night, I had him over for dinner and we watched this film. For me personally, it was an "Ah ha!" moment in understanding him and his obsession with the importance of a slow meal and some good conversation. While many in the current age of entertainment may find this film boring, it says something about our perception of the world that, unless you've had dinner with my Uncle, you may not have heard.

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bradallen
May 25, 2016

You've seen the video game on The Simpsons. You've maybe heard this movie is just two dudes talking. Well, it is just two dudes talking, but the conversation that takes place between Wallace Shawn and Andre Gregory is spellbinding. You get to eavesdrop on two smart but very different people and their takes on the world. Just bite the bullet and watch it!

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1aa
Mar 03, 2016

Superficially, it seems quite simple; totally dialogue driven film; enjoyment is reserved for intelligent viewers only.

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Glokta
Mar 19, 2015

It's less like watching a movie and more like listening to an intense 2 hour conversation between interesting acquaintances. That's what it is really. The whole thing is 100 percent dialogue. You're watching two old friends who haven't spoken in a few years get into a deep conversation on a range of topics over dinner and coffee. Because of the age of the movie and content it takes a little time and work to get into. It gets weirdly compelling though. Some of it is interesting, some annoying, some boring, and some still feels very relevant. Andre has a sort of new age, pretentious art person who cares about stuff but still hates himself kind of philosophy about life. This is contrasted to Wallace who is a more regular everyday, relatable kind of awkward person who is concerned about normal things like his job and finances. The contrast shapes their conversation. The best part is when Wallace calls out Andre on his abstract bullsh*t and grounds his high ideas back into whatever they might or might not mean to the average person. It's thought inspiring. Watching it you feel like you are part of the conversation somehow. Probably not good to watch though if you want to take your mind off things or are looking for action and adventure. It could arguably be called pretentious, but I think a lot less so then many other films in that this one is just what it is. Nothing is obscure or symbolic or an analogy of anything. It doesn't try to be anything more then a deep conversation. So maybe not for everyone, but enjoyable if you can be open to it. And it does add to the humor of the "Dinner with Abed" episode of the sitcom Community knowing all the references to this movie now.

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Nursebob
Dec 19, 2014

The story is simplicity itself; pragmatic and under-employed playwright Wallace Shawn has a dinner date with his friend, the wildly successful (and decidedly eccentric) theatre director Andre Gregory. At first the two men exchange pleasantries and gossip until, with the arrival of dinner, the real conversation begins. Andre has been traveling the world, from Scottish communes to Himalayan temples, trying to define himself both mentally and spiritually. At first Wallace finds his friend’s wildly embellished stories amusing, his peculiar worldview a seemingly chaotic mix of new age philosophies and arty hedonism. But as the evening wears on Andre begins to hit a few raw nerves with Wallace leading to a rapid-fire intellectual debate over coffee which leaves both men with more questions than answers. Never straying far from intimate facial close-ups, Louis Malle doesn’t so much cast us as the proverbial fly on the wall but rather as silent dinner guests. As the conversation leaps from art to mortality to the elusive nature of reality itself you can’t help but be fascinated and, like myself, perhaps a little discomfited when the topic turns to love and relationships. Both men turn in flawless performances, especially Gregory’s longwinded monologue which never misses a beat or subtle nuance. Neither pretentious nor preachy, this is one meal you shouldn’t miss.

NightGoat72 Feb 23, 2014

I think better cinematography would've helped me get into this a bit more. This movie is so visually ugly.

Also, I found Andre Gregory vaguely grating.

btmslt Aug 27, 2013

A sometimes interesting and sometimes boring conversation between two friends.

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VictorChoy777
Jun 01, 2013

If you enjoy talky films and are fascinated by good conversation and the life of the mind, you'll like "My Dinner with Andre". If you need a lot of fast-paced action and physical drama, this film will put you to sleep. You'll either love it or hate it. Consider yourself warned.

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