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Beatriz at Dinner

  • 2017
  • R
  • 83min
  • 75%
  • 6.1 / 10

The film stars Beatriz, a massage therapist who gets a call from a client of hers that is having a dinner party at her mansion. As Beatriz is driving from the party, she notices that her car will not start and the host tells her that she is welcome to stay for the party. During the party, Beatriz and a real estate investor at the party, Doug, get into a heated argument after he jokes about having fun hunting animals. This leads Beatriz to throw a phone at him and later kill him at the end by stabbing him in the neck with a knife after the party had been over for quite some time.

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The heated argument that arose between Beatriz (Hayek) and Doug (Lithgow) was inspired by the real-life incident where a Minnesota dentist shot a beloved African lion while out on the safari. It was a male lion named Cecil that resided in the Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe. His death was caused by a Dr. Walter J. Palmer, an American dentist and recreational game hunter. As a result, the “Cecil effect” arose where there was a visible reduction of hunters who came to the country and an eventual increase of lion populations.

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Beatriz at Dinner is a comedy and drama film that was released in 2017. The film first premiered at the Sundance Film Festival to success. The film is directed by Miguel Arteta and stars actors Salma Hayek as Beatriz, Connie Britton as Cathy, and Chloe Sevigny. The film grossed more than 7 million on its box office weekend, giving it a success based on the budget that was set for the film. Rotten Tomatoes has given the film a 76/100 rating which shows that the film has had some critical success despite being a lower budget independent film. Other critics felt that the film deserved praise for its plot and acting.