The Party's Just Beginning

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The Party's Just Beginning takes a bravely unorthodox dive into difficult themes -- and proves writer, director, and star Karen Gillan is a filmmaker to be reckoned with.

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The film begins with the life of Liusaidh (Karen Gillan), a young Scottish woman living with her parents in the Scottish Highlands. After a recent tragedy, her behavior is reckless, drunken, and often results in brief, casual liaisons. One such fling with a visitor to the town (Lee Pace) results in several other chance occurrences and in turn, begins the tale of three interwoven and still separate life narratives. Written, directed by, and starring Karen Gillan.

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Critic Reviews for The Party's Just Beginning

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (17) | Rotten (5)

  • I can't help thinking Gillan's superpower as a writer and performer might actually be comedy. Still, always a compelling screen presence, she's now a film-maker to watch.

    November 28, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Cath Clarke

    Guardian
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  • Gillan plays her messy, mournful role with unfussy integrity.

    December 6, 2018 | Full Review…
  • The movie's sneaky theme is anonymity as our 21st century cure-all for the burden of knowing too much and yet wondering if we really know anyone at all.

    December 5, 2018 | Full Review…
  • The movie is wispy and meandering; it doesn't gather power as it goes along.

    April 27, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Gillan's film weaves together both the past and the present, folding situations into each other with an ease that brushes past any initial audience confusion.

    April 23, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

    Kate Erbland

    indieWire
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  • With strong performances and acknowledgement that hedonistic lifestyles aren't healthy, the movie's an accurate portrayal of depression and millennial loneliness.

    December 10, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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