The Party

2017

Comedy / Drama

43
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 92%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 95%
IMDb Rating 0 10 0

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Reviewed by davidgee 6 / 10

Abigail's (Labour) Party

A 71-minute movie in black-and-white seems a rather poor return on the price of a cinema ticket these days. The Party is a theatrical comedy - it would have to be half of a double bill on stage or perhaps better suited to a TV play. It's like a middle-class upgrading of THE ROYLE FAMILY relocated to somewhere like Hampstead or Swiss Cottage.

MP Janet (Kristin Scott Thomas) is hosting a drinks do to celebrate becoming a Shadow Minister (from sarcasm at Thatcher's expense we can safely infer that she is Labour). Her husband Bill (Timothy Spall) is weirded out after some bad news at the hospital. First guests to arrive are their best friend Patricia Clarkson (in uber-bitch overdrive) and partner Bruno Ganz, then a lesbian couple, then manic coke-snorting Cillian Murphy (at his dishiest), whose wife – though we never see her – provides all the drama. Infidelity (off-screen)is super-abundant and provides most of the humour.

They're (meant to be) a bunch of unlikeable phoneys, given some snappy dialogue by writer/director Sally Potter (who gave us ORLANDO in 1992 – now there was a weird movie). Unavoidable echoes of Mike Leigh's ABIGAIL'S PARTY (1977), which was much more more hysterical than Janet's celebration here. Slight and intermittently funny. Not very good value.

Reviewed by Ali 1 / 10

Poor scenario..

Dialogues are very boring, the acting was unprofessional.. The output method has a lot of disadvantages, The content of this movie is empty.

It is a terrible waste of time.

Reviewed by dromasca 7 / 10

a West End show on screen

The format of the British film "The Party" directed by Sally Potter is quite unusual. It's total screen time is just over one hour, which places the film in the class of mid-sized features, not very popular nowadays. It is even shorter than what would be a filmed theater play, although from many other aspects it looks like one. All the action happens within the walls and in the garden of one house. There are a total of seven characters which are on screen (on stage if you want) most of the time. Actually the closest work I could think about are the plays of Yasmina Reza, and especially "Dieu du carnage" which inspired "Carnage" directed by Roman Polanski. And yet, "The Party" is based on an original script written by the director of the movie Sally Potter. It may be the goal of the West End theaters to put on stage the play inspired by the film.

Janet (Kristin Scott Thomas) is a British MP in the opposition, who lives what should be one of the best days of her life. She was nominated a minister in that odd British institution which is called 'the shadow cabinet' - a mirror of the real government formed by opposition politicians to show publicly the democratic alternative. She is on her way of becoming, maybe, the next Margaret Thatcher. A party with her closest family and friends is called, but besides the principal events, her family and friends have also their own announcements which will completely change the course of the day and of their whole lives. We witness one of these situations in which events go quickly out of control, marriages and old friendships are broken, and the masks of conventions fall completely because of the revelations of hidden secrets from present and past.

Music plays an essential role in the film. Vinyl records picked from a box near the pick-up music machine in the living room will provide the almost continuous musical background that starts with Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry's 'Jerusalem' continues with famous jazz standards by Sidney Bechet, John Coltrane and Ibrahim Ferrer, jumps between the funereal "Dido's Lament" by Henry Purcell to the Romanian folk song 'Ciocarlia' ('The Lark') played by Grigoras Dinicu and ends with Latin music, appropriate to the passionate ending. The music and the intensity of the acting provides the quality and the satisfaction that I experienced as a viewer. Kristin Scott Thomas is fantastic, fast forwarding between self-confidence and vulnerability, between feeling hurt and planning revenge. Timothy Spall as Janet's husband wears a mask that viewers will find hard to forget, and seeing again the excellent German actor Bruno Ganz was also a treat. Each of the actors creates first class performances, their characters have each strong individuality and interact well together. The choice of black-and-wide filming became a fashion, sometimes justified, but in this case it did not seem to me to have added anything special. "The Party" with its duration and content looks less like a full length movie, and more like an afternoon theater performance in the London West End, but a good one.

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