Four successful middle-aged men Marcello, a pilot; Michel, a television executive; Ugo, a chef; and, Philippe, a judge go to Philippe’s villa to eat themselves to death. After the first night, Marcello insists that women should join them.
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Starts out cute seeing such great actors together, and could have been really demented in the sense of a film like Salo. But this film panders to the point where I just didn't care, so long as the credits rolled. Sure the performances were great, especially by the Great Marcello Mastroianni, but the direction was just so horrible! A terrible disappointment!
A cinematic raspberry, or more accurately a fart, in the face of societal mores and materialistic norms. It has a wonderfully realised series of vignettes as the inevitable spiral continues its downward direction. A distant cousin of Salo.
A real appetite for self-destruction is on display here. Others may discern some deeper meaning from this than I did. I enjoyed it, a lot, but it seemed to be just a bit obvious and overlong, considering the superficially simplistic premise.
A timely seasonal warning about the dangers of over indulgence? Black humour amidst a lot of food, especially game birds and deserts in the grande french tradition. And sex. Flatulance be damned, that's just Le Mistral ...
Initially,the film begins like De Sades "The One Hundred And Twenty Days Of Sodom",but the wealthy men here are not out to humiliate their guests.Instead,they are out to commit gluttonous suicide!Its a kind of perverted satire on the consumerist society,where we're encouraged to buy more and more and a comment on the rise of feminism.During the film,the mens masculinity decreases and dies.Leaving only Andrea left.
It's the Marquis de Sade played for laughs. If that whets your appetite then you are in for a treat. I adore this film for all its unbridled, lubricious, orgiastic revelry that hides a darkly satirical heart - just like the obscene pate creation by which one of the cast finds his nirvana, this film is one to be devoured until you are full to bursting. And then devoured some more!