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September 30, 2007

My Dinner with Andre - 7

Wally (Wallace Shawn- yes, the Sicilian from Princess Bride) hasn't seen Andre (Andre Gregory), a friend from their early theater days, in years. So he makes plans to have dinner with him. The conversations they have over dinner is the film. It is just two friends having dinner and talking. And if meaningful and philosophical (they actually reference Heidegger at one point!) conversation puts you to sleep, you'll be off to nod in five minutes. What makes this film great is its honest dialogue about life's meaning, reality, and asking good questions like: Who am I? Where am I? How did I get here? And where am I going? As Wally and Andre talk they come up against the problem of knowing how to really live, how one makes choices, and what is reality. They also talk about how western culture is overwhelming and has responded with numbness and apathy. While this film is more than 25 years old, it remains a relevant conversation for thinking about life and provides a model for asking good questions.
Thanks Andrea for recommending it.

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