The Party


Rafael 1 Sat, Oct 7, 2017 6:00 PM
Film Info
Category:Mind the Gap
Section:World Cinema
Running Time:71 min.
Director:Sally Potter
Screenwriter:Sally Potter
Cinematographer:Aleksei Rodionov
Editor:Emilie Orsini
Anders Refn
Print Source:Roadside Attractions
Note Writer:Zoë Elton


Sally Potter’s real-time satire on uber-chic Londoners is an absolute delight. Kristin Scott Thomas leads an incredible ensemble as Janet, a politician celebrating a career-escalating appointment with a group of friends who each arrive at her elegant home with, well, their own baggage. As the human drama escalates, husband Bill (Timothy Spall) is in his own bubble. Rogue banker (or, simply rogue?) Tom (Cillian Murphy) keeps sniffing off to the bathroom. Of course, there’s a life coach, Gottfried (Bruno Ganz). Zingers abound in Potter’s wit-filled script, many from Janet’s acid-tongued best friend April (the inimitable Patricia Clarkson), whose repartee hits home with such digs as, "You're a first-class lesbian. But a second-class thinker” to professor Martha (Cherry Jones)—whose younger partner, played by Emily Mortimer, is recently pregnant. Oh, and there’s a gun. Will this party even make it to the appetizers? Who cares, when the company is so delicious?