Directed by Ruth Paxton
A Banquet is an unsettling, thought-provoking and hyper-tense psychological thriller from director Ruth Paxton. Widowed mother, Holly, is pushed to breaking point when her daughter Betsey develops an extreme eating disorder. She claims she has experienced a profound enlightenment where her body is in service to a higher power. Possessed by Betsey’s illness, her family are faced with an agonising dilemma, torn between love and fear, and Holly is forced to confront the boundaries of her own belief. A SHUDDER EXCLUSIVE.
A Banquet is an unsettling, thought-provoking and hyper-tense psychological thriller from director Ruth Paxton.
Cast: Sienna Guillory, Jessica Alexander, Lindsay Duncan
The only thought I had was why was the name of the movie A Banquet? And why did I expect it to get better when it just got worse.
This movie thought really highly of itself because it was “elevated horror” that dealt with a serious topic (mental illness). I mean, nice try, I guess, but it’s just not a very good movie. For one thing, the only character I didn’t want to shove through a wall was Dominick; the rest of them were either mean or stupid or both. Not a complete waste of time, but I wouldn’t be in a hurry to see it if I were you.
This film was neither unsettling, thought provoking or hyper tense, it was just boring. One of those movies where you keep waiting for something of interest to engage you, but it never does. Pass.
Loved it. Explores themes of how mental illness impacts family members, familial and generational trauma, and the hardship of being a single parent.