After the recent death of their parents, a passionate Italian-American family reunites to enjoy their customary Sunday dinner. But one of them has a major confession that threatens to unravel their beloved tradition.
It is a Sunday evening when four brothers meet to share a traditional dinner: their family is Italian-American and they are eating all together to remember their departed parents, who used to have those kind of dinners to reunite all their sons and relatives too. However, one of them is not enjoying his spaghetti meatballs as the others: in fact, after being scolded and pressed by the others, he confesses he is vegan. This ignites an incredibly tense (but funny) argument between them all, each with their idiosyncrasies, fixations, personalities. Even in a 14 minutes short film, all the characters manage to be recognizable and memorable. The argument escalates as being vegan is something seriously insulting to the family, a crime or something… The kind of discussion one could (sadly still) imagine when a member of the family comes out as gay, just to make an example. And about this topic, SUNDAY DINNER really plays around: with a perfect camera work, revealing another character who was hidden with a great angle of frame, we find out that the vegan brother is gay and his partner is with him at the family dinner! And his partner is also a key character in settle the argument, at least a little bit: he explains them that the way they get mad and yell at each other is nothing but pure family love, is because they care and they really are attatched to the family. So, even if we can foresee that the arguments will never really be over, the short film ends up noisy but hopeful, a really nice portrait of a close-knit family. Also, being actually Italian, we must say that SUNDAY DINNER could possibly be inspired by true events, as we know how much family and food are closely linked in our culture and how much a grandma (for instance) would get mad at us if we refuse to eat meatballs she made for us. Jokes aside, SUNDAY DINNER is funny and realistic, a very nice family tale.
SUNDAY DINNER won Best Narrative Short at Ashland Independent Film Festival.
Title: SUNDAY DINNER
Director: Kevin Mead
Running time: 14