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Beatriz at Dinner

Saturday, November 4, 2017 - 19:00 to 22:00
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November 4, 2017
Beatriz at Dinner
Starring Salma Hayek, John Lithgow, Connie Britton
Directed by Miguel Arteta, 2017
83 minutes
Discussant: Charles Styron, Psy. D.

This provocative film has been dubbed both a Trump-era comedy and a drama, and it certainly has elements of each. Beatriz (Salma Hayek) is an immigrant from a poor town in Mexico and has a career as a compassionate, multifaceted, new age health practitioner in Los Angeles. Doug Strutt (John Lithgow) is a self-satisfied real estate developer and a billionaire. When these two end up at a dinner party together through a coincidence, sparks are kindled slowly and eventually fly. A genuine collision of their two worlds ensues while the remaining five dinner guests observe without a clue how to intervene constructively. It is a though a large crevasse opens up beneath their feet, and they are loathe to acknowledge it while simultaneously fearing they may fall into it. The crevasse is the divide between world views, vastly different languages, and divergent ethical perspectives.

Learning objectives: At the conclusion of this event, participants will be able to:

  1. explain the central theme of strident conflict in teh film from the point of view of "The Middle Way"
  2. explain the concept of "Self-Secret" as it pertains to the conceptual divide in the film
  3. evaluate the consistency of the message and the medium of this film.