An un­likely meet­ing of minds

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Pay Television - Justin Burke My Din­ner with Herve,

My Din­ner with Herve Af­ter the re­cent ex­cel­lent HBO film The Tale star­ring Laura Dern, here comes an­other: My Din­ner with Herve star­ring Game of Thrones’ Peter Din­klage and The Fall’s Jamie Dor­nan.

It owes at least a tit­u­lar debt to the 1981 film My Din­ner with An­dre, star­ring An­dre Gre­gory and Wal­lace Shawn as two friends dis­cussing life as they dine to­gether.

But this film, in­spired by a true story, ex­plores the un­likely friend­ship be­tween the fic­tion­alised Herve Vil­lechaize (Din­klage), who was once the world’s most fa­mous dwarf ac­tor and star of Fan­tasy Is­land, and strug­gling Ir­ish jour­nal­ist Danny Tate (Dor­nan).

The nar­ra­tive un­folds over one wild night in Los An­ge­les in 1993, which is de­scribed as hav­ing “life-chang­ing con­se­quences for both char­ac­ters”.

It was writ­ten and directed by Sacha Ger­vasi, whom the Danny Tate char­ac­ter is based on, and took 25 years to get made. “I can’t be­lieve how many peo­ple told me, ‘Lis­ten, it’s a sui­ci­dal dwarf movie, you could not come up with any­thing less com­mer­cial, it’s never get­ting made’,” Ger­vasi re­cently told Va­ri­ety.

“The re­la­tion­ship be­tween these two peo­ple who could not be more dra­mat­i­cally dif­fer­ent from how they ap­pear, [re­veals they] re­ally are the same per­son strug­gling with the same thing.

“They’re strug­gling with the courage to take re­spon­si­bil­ity for their own roles in their lives, to look at what they’ve re­ally done, to face it, and to move on.”

The film also stars Andy Gar­cia as Vil­lechaize’s Fan­tasy Is­land co-star Ri­cardo Mon­tal­ban, Har­riet Wal­ter, Oona Chap­lin, David Strathairn and Aus­tralian ac­tress Ash­leigh Brewer. Show­case. Fri­day, 8.30pm, Fox

Jamie Dor­nan and Peter Din­klage in

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