Italian Dinner and an Italian Movie: What to watch and what to serve.
I Nostri Ragazzi (The Dinner)
Ivano De Matteo’s movie about two brothers and their wives who have monthly (unpleasant) dinners together at an expensive restaurant stars Luigi Lo Cascio, Alessandro Gassman, Barbora Bobulova, and Giovanna Mezzogiorno.
Kids these day! Their problematic children have been providing the dinner conversation, and to recreate the evening you should invite a couple of relatives you hate hanging out with to the most pricey and pretentious place in town, and then watch the film.
Emma Recchi (Tilda Swinton) is rich, bored, and a bit disenfranchised, a native of Russia living in her husband’s Milano. It might have been the good-looking younger chef, or it might have been the good-looking food he prepared, but something woke up a little mid-life crisis that caused a lot of trouble.
If you want a meal to go with I Am Love, just be sure to make it pretty!
This one is easy. Mina’s (Alba Rohrwacher) not much of an eater, so invite her and her husband Jude (Adam Driver) over, and if Jude tries to sneak in food, make sure Mina hears about it. She might be OK with some boiled vegetables from your organic garden, and some water. Maybe.
Don’t worry about the baby. He won’t be having anything at all.
Anything but Chinese, but if you have your dinner at ‘The Marco Polo’ in Venice, you might have to settle for the cold plate. No matter, even at the Autogrille, if you are with Rosalba (Licia Maglietta) and Fernando (Bruno Ganz), you are in for an adventure.