The Party

Genre:  Comedy, Drama
Running Time:  71 min.
Release Date: March 2, 2018 - Toronto
DVD: May 22, 2018

Current rating: Rating: 4.00
based on 14 votes and 3 reviews
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Cast: Kristin Scott Thomas, Timothy Spall, Patricia Clarkson, Emily Mortimer, Cillian Murphy, Cherry Jones, Bruno Ganz


When Janet (Kristin Scott Thomas) is appointed to the prestigious political post of Health Minister in Britain after endless campaigning and road trips, she hosts an intimate gathering for their friends in the Victorian home she shares in London with her dour husband, Bill (Timothy Spall). 

Janet’s acerbic best friend, April (Patricia Clarkson) arrives and others follow, including April's anti-political humanist life coach boyfriend Gottfried (Bruno Ganz), academic Martha (Cherry Jones), Martha's pregnant partner Jinny (Emily Mortimer), and financier Tom (Cillian Murphy), who carrys a gun and whose wife is delayed.

When Bill drops a bombshell, it sparks a series of revelations that threaten to unravel the party.

Director: Sally Potter
Studio: Elevation Pictures
Producer(s): Christopher Sheppard
Screenplay: Sally Potter
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  • 4 stars "A very good film, though not commercial. Lots of laughter at the screening I attended. A satire/farce with some beautifully comedic moments and excellent ensemble work from the stellar cast. Very glad to have seen it."
  • 4 stars "I don't think this is a movie for everyone, but I really enjoyed it. It was a little slow going at first, but it picked up momentum quite quickly. The dialogue is great. More reminiscent of a play than a typical film, which is refreshing. Again, it definitely won't be everyone's cup of tea, but if you appreciate foreign or independent films, I think this will be up your ally."
  • 1 star "Worst movie I think I have ever seen. Wasted an hour of my life. At the end of the movie all you could hear were gasps of disbelief and when the lights came on everyone was talking about the ending. Walking out moviegoers were saying what a waste of money. I have never seen such a strong reaction to a movie. Don't waste your time and money!"