After the death of his mother, middle-aged insurance employee inherits her small cottage surrounded by a garden. Selling the cottage which is situated on unexploited ground near the center of a big city makes him a rich man and he buys a big house in the countryside. He takes some time off and decides to throw a big garden party at the house and invite all his colleagues from the office. Aided by alcohol, the guests gradually lose all their inhibitions and reveal personality traits and frustrations that they normally keep hidden.
Director: Claude Goretta. AKA The Invitation
Stars: Jean-Luc Bideau, François Simon, Jean Champion, Corinne Coderey, Michel Robin, Cécile Vassort, Rosine Rochette, Jacques Rispal, Neige Dolsky, Pierre Collet, Lucie Avenay, Roger Jendly, Gilbert Costa, William Jacques, Daniel Stuffel.
1973 Cannes Film Festival – Winner International Prize, Dramatic Film.
1973 Cannes Film Festival – Winner Jury Prize.
1973 Cannes Film Festival – Nominated for the Palme d’Or.
1974 Academy Awards – Nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.