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DIRECTOR Sally Potter
CAST Kristin Scott-Thomas, Timothy Spall, Patricia Clarkson, Cillian Murphy
A stellar cast shines in this punchy social and political satire as a politician’s celebration party turns into a hilarious nightmare.
Janet (Kristin Scott-Thomas, on tip-top form) is celebrating her appointment as Shadow Health Secretary with a dinner party for a few close friends. However, as the guests arrive her husband, Bill (Timothy Spall), makes a shocking announcement, leading to a cascade of explosive revelations that unravel the soirée even before the canapés are served. Featuring a spectacular cast and sparkling dialogue, this is a gloriously acidic, hilarious satire of the political climate in contemporary Britain.
(2017 UK 71 mins B&W)
Sally Potter’s 71-minute film The Party is a short, sharp, funny shock of a movie; a theatrical drawing-room comedy which plays out in real time with elegance and dispatch, cantering up to a cheeky punchline twist which leaves you laughing over the final credits … Unassuming and old-fashioned funny entertainment isn’t exactly what we associate with this film-maker but that’s what she has very satisfyingly served up here. It’s not especially resonant or profound but it is observant and smart, with some big laughs in the dialogue. Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
BBFC advice: Contains strong language and drug misuse
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