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The Party

  • Starring: Bruno Ganz, Cherry Jones, Cillian Murphy, Emily Mortimer, Kristin Scott Thomas, Patricia Clarkson, Timothy Spall
  • Director: Sally Potter
  • Genre(s): Drama, Comedy
  • Rating: R
  • Running Time: 71 min.

Janet (Kristin Scott Thomas) is hosting an intimate gathering of friends in her London home to celebrate her political ascension, while her husband, Bill (Timothy Spall), seems preoccupied. Janet’s acerbic best friend, April (Patricia Clarkson), arrives and others follow, some with their own dramatic news to share, but an announcement by Bill provokes a series of revelations that gradually unravel the sophisticated soiree, and a night that began with champagne may end with gunplay.

"Featuring a veteran cast in top form and running just 71 minutes, this post-Brexit chamberpiece hits like a fast jab to the face--one that bruises and draws blood."
- Ray Greene, TheWrap
"It's openly theatrical, but if it feels like a film of a play, it's a play you really should see."
- Anna Smith, Time Out
"Over 71 crisp minutes of fast-paced verbal combat, Potter tests the age-old theory that it's all fun and games until somebody gets knocked unconscious."
- Stephen Dalton, Hollywood Reporter
"A deliciously heightened, caviar-black comedy that sets up its brittle, bourgeois characters like bowling pins and gleefully knocks them down in 71 minutes flat."
- Guy Lodge, Variety
"It's a curt, nasty and deftly acted chamber piece high on laughs and savagery about frustrated idealism and how little it takes to make society fall to pieces. "
- Patrick Gamble, CineVue
"Patricia Clarkson steals the show, but everyone in Potter’s gifted cast gets their moment to shine in a sharp-edged, claustrophobic parlour piece that puts the boot into middle-class mores. "
- Phil de Semlyen, Empire

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