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Discomfort Food The Dinner promises a feast —but proves hard to digest

THE SCREENING ROOM

STIFF-BACKED, starchedlinen dinners with people you know formally but don’t like, grazing on microscopic courses of what tastes like lawn clippings while discussing an upcoming election in politely guarded tones—could anything be more tedious and anxietyprovoking? Actually, yes; The Dinner, the ambitiously sculpted but ultimately exasperating new film from Oren Moverman, rather too vividly recreates all the aforementioned discomfort for viewers—minus the extensive wine list to make it go by less painfully.

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MACRON STRONGER THAN LE PEN, BUT FRANCE’S WORRIES FAR FROM OVE It was the day the world didn’t end, the day that the tide of populism that gave the world Brexit and Donald Trump turned, the moment when French voters chose pragmatism over protest. That, at least, was the judgment of Europe’s establishment at the victory of centrist Emmanuel Macron in the May 7th French presidential election. It’s not hard to see why the defeat of the Euroskeptic, anti-immigration Marine Le Pen was so vital to the West’s future. A victory for Le Pen’s far-right National Front party would likely have heralded the disintegration of the European Union and the end of the continent’s grand experiment with open borders. However, with Macron's victory, establishment Europe shouldn’t feel too relieved about right-winger Marine Le Pen’s defeat in France.
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