Rating: MA15+
Length: 70 mins
Patricia Clarkson, Kristin Scott Thomas, Timothy Spall, Cillian Murphy, Emily Mortimer, Cherry Jones

THE PARTY – a comedy wrapped around a tragedy – unfolds in real time in a house in London in the present day. Janet is hosting an intimate gathering of friends to celebrate her promotion to Shadow Minister of Health in the party of opposition. Her husband, Bill, seems preoccupied. As their friends arrive, some of whom have their own dramatic news to share, the soirée gradually unravels. An announcement by Bill provokes a series of revelations that rapidly escalate into all-out confrontation. As people’s illusions about themselves and each other go up in smoke, along with the canapes, THE PARTY becomes a night that began with champagne but ends with blood on the floor.

“Director Sally Potter delivers an ensemble comedy of manners in her most enjoyable film to date.Dissections of conflicted bourgeois self-obsession are plentiful on the British stage but currently far less so in UK cinema, which makes The Party something of a rarity” SCREENDAILY.

“A deliciously heightened, caviar-black comedy that sets up its brittle, bourgeois characters like bowling pins and gleefully knocks them down.There’s nothing to dislike about a film that gives Patricia Clarkson the chance to tell Cherry Jones that she’s “a first-rate lesbian and a second-rate thinker.” VARIETY.

“There’s no great pay-off to all this venomous back-and-forth, but with dialogue and acting this sharp, it hardly matters. For anyone who’s been to a dull dinner party and secretly yearned for something — anything — to happen, The Party is a guilty pleasure.” EMPIRE.

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