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The setting is elegant and modern, the meals is dwelling cooked and appears scrumptious – this might be the right banquet. And that’s precisely what the formidable Glenda (Nia Roberts) has in thoughts. There’s rather a lot driving on it for each her and her MP husband Gwyn (Julian Lewis Jones). Greater than they know.

Lee Haven Jones’ directorial debut, The Feast (Gwledd), takes us inside an immaculate, ultra-modern dwelling, constructed within the wilds of the Welsh countryside. The couple are enjoying host to a enterprise affiliate and a neighbouring farmer, with the purpose of securing a deal to excavate the encompassing land. Nevertheless it’s Cadi (an unsettling Annes Elwy), the close to silent native lady purchased in to serve and usually assist out, who’s within the driving seat, controlling all the things that occurs over the course of the night and serving up one thing way more than a mere essential course.

Whereas the banquet from hell conference is a well-recognized one, Jones provides it a contemporary flavour, with some unsettling twists in-built. Apart from one or two phrases of English, it’s solely in Welsh with subtitles – not an issue, when you subscribe to Bong-Joon Ho’s views on inch-high phrases – and the lyrical, nay musical, nature of the language is in scrumptious distinction to what transpires in entrance of our eyes. Proper from the outset, there’s one thing off about Cadi: she’s a neighborhood, works within the village pub, however distant from everyone round her. Because the clock ticks, it turns into evident that one thing occurred prior to now between her and Gwyn. Is she there for revenge? Partly …..

The stress escalates and the movie’s targets multiply. Capitalism and the setting conflict heads repeatedly, with the hosts the worst offenders. They’re Welsh, however they’re behaving like incomers with a second dwelling, displaying a vanity in direction of their heritage that infuriates everyone within the close by village. Their new-build home stands out like a sore thumb within the countryside, as if to underline their contempt for all the things that surrounds them. In in the present day’s political local weather, the truth that Gwyn can be an MP simply heightens our dislike of him and what he and his spouse stand for. Folklore and legend sit alongside the modern points, as a continuing reminder to not simply the dinner visitors however the viewers as properly that the land is filled with historical past and, irrespective of how deep it’s buried, bringing it to the floor is frighteningly straightforward.

Settle for an invite to this desk and count on jangling rigidity, discomfort and a few moments that can make you wince on the very least. You’ll want a powerful abdomen. The meals on the desk appears appetising sufficient however, just like the household, is it actually nearly as good because it appears? Gordon Ramsay could have just a few selection phrases to say about what goes on within the kitchen …..

★★★★

Horror | Cert: 18 | Picturehouse Leisure | UK cinemas from 19 August 2022 | Dir. Lee Haven Jones | Annes Elwy, Nia Roberts, Julian Lewis Jones, Steffan Cennydd, Sion Alun Davies.



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