“My Dinner With Andre” answers questions that have been going in the backdrop of your mind in the after hours of all the hustle routines. It works on so many levels that you will eventually have to come back to it to enjoy it more, given you succeed in decoding one layer of it.
Wallace is to meet Andre for dinner and the screenplay engulfs conversations both have. While Andre is a complex character and retired theater director, Wallace is struggling to tie loose ends and find breakthrough in theater circuit. Andre takes control over the table entirely telling Wallace how his life has changed after quitting theatre and the process made him find the true meaning of life. He narrates his travel stories and shares how dancing naked in jungles on one of his trips gave him all the answers he was looking for. Wallace not able to resist himself listening to complex theories of Andre revolts with counter-view that he finds his happiness in the morning coffee and newspaper and it doesn’t have to be about the complex journeys to find meaning. What starts give rise to further tangled discussions and it draws us more with stretched ears closer to table.
“My Dinner with Andre” invokes a thought, a thought so strong that you wont be able to cast it aside and give in, having wine as a virtual guest on table and listening to two. And listening, your mind hovers to all the plausible justifications of appalling view points both have of life.
The screenplay is written by prominent theatre personalities and the conversations were recorded over period of years to finally give shape for full feature. The writers here play themselves in feature and the strong characterization of Wallace and Andre makes this an experience which will stay with you for long time. I have wondered many times knowing the background of the writers whether this movie was staged for us to find what role we are playing in their screenplay. I got my role, found some answers too. For you, guess we’ll have to find out?