Shining a light on immigration
The film gives voice to outsiders
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.
SALMA HAYEK says the balance of opposing points of view in “Beatriz at Dinner” “is something that is really needed today.”
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.