The Party

The Party

The Party

British black comedy about a fancy dinner party that doesn't go according to plan. Stars Patricia Clarkson, Cillian Murphy and Timothy Spall.

"Career politician Janet (Kristen Scott Thomas) is celebrating her promotion. Well, that's the plan, anyway. Things go hilariously downhill as soon as Janet's uber-cynical bestie, April (Clarkson), and other perfectly dreadful guests arrive. Naturally everyone has something to hide and everyone's going to receive their just desserts long before the actual dessert arrives." (Sydney Film Festival)

Winner of the Guild Film Prize (Potter), 2017 Berlin International Film Festival
2017Rating: MA15+, Strong drug use71 minsUK
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Flicks, Luke Buckmaster

Flicks, Luke Buckmaster

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Writer/director Sally Potter recently addressed the question of why she shot her new film, The Party, in black and white. According to Potter, monochrome is “much more colourful from an emotional point of view, because people can project their imaginary sense of realism into what is a slightly obstructed image."

Flicks, Liam Maguren

Flicks, Liam Maguren

flicks

Even though this one-room British film shot in black and white assembles the talents of Kristin Scott Thomas, Timothy Spall, Patricia Clarkson, Emily Mortimer, Cherry Jones, Bruno Ganz and Cillian Murphy, this isn’t some Oscar bait based-on-a-play dissection on the follies of the human condition. Writer-director Sally Potter’s The Party is an up-the-guts intellectual comedy for people sick of intellectuals, cutting with its script and performances for 70 minutes before booting you out the door. It’s not memorable, but it’s short-lasting fun.

3.0
Variety

Variety

press

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.

Total Film

Total Film

press

Enjoyably acted by a fine ensemble cast, it crisply skewers the hypocrisies of its left-liberal, middle-class characters.

4.0
Time Out

Time Out

press

It's openly theatrical, but if it feels like a film of a play, it's a play you really should see.

4.0
The Times

The Times

press

There are scenes where Scott Thomas plays several competing emotions simultaneously, often through grimaces alone, but with masterful aplomb. What do we want? More Scott Thomas comedies! Now!

4.0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

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.

4.0
Stuff

Stuff

press

Sally Potter's first film in five years is short and superbly bittersweet.

4.0
Little White Lies

Little White Lies

press

A claret catastrophe of upper middle class navel gazing and hackneyed barbs.

1.0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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.

FilmInk

FilmInk

press

The Party is whip-smart satire at its very best.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

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.

4.0
Flicks, Luke Buckmaster

Flicks, Luke Buckmaster

flicks

Writer/director Sally Potter recently addressed the question of why she shot her new film, The Party, in black and white. According to Potter, monochrome is “much more colourful from an emotional point of view, because people can project their imaginary sense of realism into what is a slightly obstructed image."

Flicks, Liam Maguren

Flicks, Liam Maguren

flicks

Even though this one-room British film shot in black and white assembles the talents of Kristin Scott Thomas, Timothy Spall, Patricia Clarkson, Emily Mortimer, Cherry Jones, Bruno Ganz and Cillian Murphy, this isn’t some Oscar bait based-on-a-play dissection on the follies of the human condition. Writer-director Sally Potter’s The Party is an up-the-guts intellectual comedy for people sick of intellectuals, cutting with its script and performances for 70 minutes before booting you out the door. It’s not memorable, but it’s short-lasting fun.

3.0
Variety

Variety

press

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.

Total Film

Total Film

press

Enjoyably acted by a fine ensemble cast, it crisply skewers the hypocrisies of its left-liberal, middle-class characters.

4.0
Time Out

Time Out

press

It's openly theatrical, but if it feels like a film of a play, it's a play you really should see.

4.0
The Times

The Times

press

There are scenes where Scott Thomas plays several competing emotions simultaneously, often through grimaces alone, but with masterful aplomb. What do we want? More Scott Thomas comedies! Now!

4.0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

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.

4.0
Stuff

Stuff

press

Sally Potter's first film in five years is short and superbly bittersweet.

4.0
Little White Lies

Little White Lies

press

A claret catastrophe of upper middle class navel gazing and hackneyed barbs.

1.0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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.

FilmInk

FilmInk

press

The Party is whip-smart satire at its very best.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

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.

4.0

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