Shin­ing a light on im­mi­gra­tion

The film gives voice to out­siders

Los Angeles Times - - FRONT PAGE - By Son­aiya Kel­ley

Salma Hayek’s new film, “Beat­riz at Din­ner,” was made be­fore the elec­tion but has be­come even more rel­e­vant in the age of Trump.

Early on in the new film “Beat­riz at Din­ner” there’s a squirm-in­duc­ing mo­ment — one of many in di­rec­tor Miguel Arteta’s and screen­writer Mike White’s bit­ing so­cial com­men­tary.

Salma Hayek, cast as Beat­riz, a healer who’s giv­ing mas­sages at an up­scale din­ner party, is telling the guests about her ca­reer when she’s im­me­di­ately in­ter­rupted by oneper­center Doug Strutt, played by John Lith­gow.

“When I first came to the United States, a long time ago ...” she be­gins.

“Did you come legally?” Strutt asks.

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Jay L. Clen­denin Los An­ge­les Times

SALMA HAYEK says the bal­ance of op­pos­ing points of view in “Beat­riz at Din­ner” “is some­thing that is re­ally needed to­day.”

Lacey Ter­rell Killer Films / Road­side At­trac­tions

IN “BEAT­RIZ AT DIN­NER,” Hayek’s ti­tle char­ac­ter proves she has the met­tle for a night of ver­bal spar­ring with her ta­ble com­pan­ions in the com­edy set at a New­port Beach es­tate.

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