Sometimes bosses can be a bunch of monsters. ‘The Invitation‘ is a short film about such a boss that you have certainly seen in most movies about the world of corporations. But this boss is „literally” a monster. Thus, things take a totally unexpected turn, and the result can be as shocking as funny for the audience passionate about cynical experiments, with a fine sense of black humour. Director Thorsten Schade juggles in this project with seemingly incompatible stylistic registers, suddenly introducing an element of surprise that he integrates in a homogeneous manner in the narrative mechanism of this film. This unexpected transition from the dramedy of an employee who wants at all costs to impress his eccentric boss to a horror with parody accents is reminiscent of the shock we feel watching, for example, Quentin Tarantino’s ‘From Dusk till Dawn’. Thus, despite appearances, everything becomes a kind of bloody ritual, as both the protagonist and the spectator enter the universe of a diabolical clan ready to suck the blood of employees who are not physically and mentally prepared to rise in the hierarchy of the company they serve.
When his boss invites him to his house, Renner knows he is going to face a turning point in his career. It’s all or nothing. Surprises, however, do not hesitate to appear, and everything becomes a cat-and-mouse game in which someone has to die.