Anyone who works in banqueting, knows that some of the celebratory dinners can get out of hand.
Anyone who has watched Festen (1998) will not forget it. Thomas Vinterberg’s ultra-real, documentary-style film creeps up on you as it moves towards the final horrific scene–a speech in honour of the father celebrating his sixtieth birthday. He is a hotel owner, and his children return to the place that was once their home. It would be unfair to show the legendary final scene here–or rather, I wold advise you just to watch this typical scene at the reception first, where the two sons try to get a room in their dad’s hotel. It will get you into the mood. If you missed it, find the whole film and experience Festen. Hurry.