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The Party Reviews

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May 20, 2018
Fascinating. Captivating. Beautifully shot.
May 20, 2018
Janet is hosting an intimate gathering at home to celebrate her promotion to Shadow Minister of Health. This dark comedy will not appeal to all. It has received a mixed reception from movie critics.

Filmed in black-and-white, the running time is short - just over an hour. The emphasis is on the characters and the dialogue with less-than-realistic home-and-garden scenery straight from an Agatha Christie stage play.

The invitees know each other so well that the sharp wit does not offend too deeply. Eccentricity is rife with characters behaving outrageously and the ensemble of seven actors over-acting like crazy.

I found it highly entertaining and thoroughly enjoyed it.
May 8, 2018
Just FYI, the Party is political, not a masterchef successor. should I faithfully stay or should I selfishly go is the question, and these intellectuals show the left-wing has no better moral values than trump.
April 28, 2018
All shot in one location, this feels more like a domestic comedy of errors stage play than a movie. Which is to say that it is not cinematic and relies heavily on script and performance. I was drawn by the heavy hitting cast but the good performances do not redeem the one-note-ness of the characters, nor the somewhat clumsy plot turns that, although they pack some surprise, deliver next to no emotional investment in any of the characters and leave the audience detached and somewhat relieved when the play, ( I mean movie) ends at around the 70 minute mark..
½ April 24, 2018
Where was the antagonist? If a writer sets out to depict the post-post political world then write it. Don't flinch and turn away. Let's see the baddie in all her cancerous glory. Let's see the woman that set so many sets of teeth on edge, had so many dentures falling on the floor. Patricia Clarkson and Bruno were great. Kristen half-written, ditto for hubby Tim Spall. But where was all the politics. This is the post-post-left. So let's hear it and them. Dying men especially academics can be very expressive. Kristin wasn't just going to throw her career away. Okay in some areas half-written can be effective but this wasn't Pinter. Perhaps in bits. The central task of making this piece of theatre a film was left undone. Given that, and few kicks, a fight and and a make-up of sorts, beginning middle and proper end and many many more good lines the good start might not have been left half done. I left the theatre thinking where was Tilda Swinton. Now Tilda as femme fatale would given this pudding some spice.
April 19, 2018
Possibly a theatre production adaptation, the writing is fantastically fun. I loved the progression of characters, the interplay between relationships and the realistic timeline of the movie. It is truly only 1 hour in the characters' lives. That being said, this is a case of 'one of the many' where while it is done exceedingly well, it doesn't break boundaries.
April 19, 2018
A tightly written chamber piece that unfolds with unexpected revelations with an old-fashioned feel about it. The cast obviously enjoyed making this but the whole thing comes across like a stage production and felt a bit artificial. Scathingly satirical commentary on the middle class traversing a wide range of topics but, overall, doesn't rise above average.
April 11, 2018
I enjoyed this movie. Quite humorous. Social and political commentary. Good acting. Surprise ending.
April 9, 2018
Very clever talkfest
Thomas and Clarkson steal the show
April 5, 2018
A superbly acted and refreshingly concise dark comedy that delicately walks a line between subtlety and explicit humor. The character development proceeds nicely with the story arc, which is made all the more gripping by the small cast and singlular set design. Great sound editing and cinematography help hold a charmingly viscious vision together. From another directory, The Party may have come off pretentious or disengenious. However, Sally Porter makes the film work spectacularly.
½ March 22, 2018
"The Party" is a bit like an abbreviated "Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf." The dialogue is sharp, the acting is top notch and the plots twists and turns like a Rube Goldberg machine.
March 22, 2018
Yes! Really enjoyed everything about it.
½ March 13, 2018
Great acting, grat plot and dialogues, very british sense of humor, not for all. so much laugh out loud!
March 11, 2018
Arthouse favorite Sally Potter, director of THE TANGO LESSON and ORLANDO, returns with an efficiently written film called THE PARTY. Kristin Scott Thomas plays Janet, the party host and a successful London parliament politician who approaches life with an idealistic point of view. The celebration takes a turn for the worst as confessions are told, marital affairs are exposed and a pointed gun is inevitable. Bruno Ganz is wonderful as Gottfried, a life coach whose focus on meditation and mindfulness is a source of irritation for his current love interest April (played by the magnificent Patricia Clarkson), a realist who approaches the events unfolding around her with honest clarity. Martha (Cherry Jones) and Jinny (Emily Mortimer) play a lesbian couple whose pregnancy with male triplets present a direct challenge to Jinny's feminist view that all men are evil. As April points out, she has three of them inside of her. The natural and honest dialogue is a screenwriting wonder because so much is accomplished within the short running time regarding sex, religion, politics and feminism. The story features complex characters whose intentions are never revealed too early and no one is completely innocent. The characters are identifiable, empathetic and Potter wisely keeps the antagonist Marianne off-screen. THE PARTY is shot in black and white cinematography and compliments the minimal, yet effective production design because the audience is given a direct reference point of the social status of the partygoers and host. THE PARTY is a delicious film and highly recommended.
March 11, 2018
at heart a shaggy dog story, but deft, and with fabulous writing and performances
March 11, 2018
March 11, 2018
BEST MOVIE! Just saw this amazing movie. Wonderful cast, tight script and a twist at the end. Can't say enough about how good this movie is. Will see it again as I enjoyed it that much (how cold you not with Kristen Scott Thomas, Patricia Clarkson, Cherry Jones and Emily Mortimore) A story of 4 women, 5 women and one of them never appears on the screen! It is so good to go to something that is all the great things a movie should be.
March 6, 2018
Scott-Thomas, T Spalding, Nruno Gantz... I love these actors. But the movie made me disappointed. It's exaggerated. It's quite silly. So, ok, I laughed from time to time but I was let down.
March 6, 2018
The movie starts with Janet (Kristin Scott Thomas) opening the door and pointing a gun at one of her unseen guests. The guests are friends of her and her husband Bill (Timothy Spall) who are celebrating Janet's peak as a career politician.

April (Patricia Clarkson), Janet's best friend, has a sharp tongue which is always in use, has come with her boyfriend Gottfried (Bruno Ganz), a life coach, who she plans to break up with. Martha, (Cherry Jones) a feminist college professor, arrives at the party with her much younger lover Jinny (Emily Mortimer) who informs Martha that she pregnant, with triplets. Tom (Cillian Murphy), a coke sniffing, gun carrying banker, arrives apologizing for his wife, who works for and with Janet, explaining that she is running late and will there soon.

For the next hour, we watch and hear couples talking about politics, cheating, life, children and what each accomplished or didn't and how they think about all things. In what is supposedly a farce and comedy, except for Clarkson's bitter humor and Murphy's way over the top acting there really isn't too much to this movie except I did not see the ending, the last line, coming.

This is the second film in a week, the other being "1945", photographed in black and white, with the latter running 91 minutes and "The Party" 71 minutes and neither are worth the time.
February 27, 2018
Cast incredibile per una pellicola, il bianco e nero e la scenografia minimale creano l'ambiente perfetto per una storia che non annoia mai.
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