The Party
Drama, Comedy
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Sally Potter
Storyline: Janet hosts a party to celebrate her new promotion, but once the guests arrive it becomes clear that not everything is going to go down as smoothly as the red wine.
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A massive disappointment
I'd been looking forward to seeing this. It just goes to show that one should never be taken in by a slickly made trailer or a stellar cast-list. What a disappointing load of old codswallop.

Script: abysmal. No attempt made to write anything approaching natural conversation. Dialogue was jagged and disjointed, lacking any genuine motivational flow. Sorry, but real people just DON'T interact like this. And as for it being a comedy, well you could have fooled me. I think I laughed three times, and two of them were little more than polite titters.

Pacing: what pacing? Whole scads of dialogue slouched by like a line of blinded soldiers. At one point I caught myself yawning.

Characterisation: seven characters flapping about on screen and not a single one of them believable: just 2-dimensional assemblages of histrionics. Consequently I never felt any sympathy (or even antipathy) toward any of them, so couldn't engage with any of the supposed crises they were experiencing.

Performances: almost uniformly muggy and overdone - an effect made even worse by the habit of shooting an awful lot of exchanges in tight close-up.

I was left with the feeling that this might just work on stage (where you'd lose all the tight close-up nonsense) as a short, one-act dark farce. Why on earth anyone thought it would succeed as a movie is beyond me.

Oh yes... I said "short", didn't I? When the end credits appeared there was an audible "Uh?" of surprise from the audience. Surely an entire movie hadn't passed already? On exiting the cinema I checked the time. The film had lasted barely over an hour. Mind you, on second thoughts this was probably a blessing: not sure I could have withstood another 30 minutes of such nonsense.
The Party
The Party, a black comedy directed by Sally Potter was screened in competition at the Berlinale. Great acting by the all-star cast and Potter's smart and funny screenplay made the film one of the highlights of the Berlin film festival.

The picture was made on a lower budget and is set in one house with seven actors. At the press conference Potter described the film as an antidote to Hollywood big budget blockbusters.

Although The Party is set only in house, it does not feel too stagey because of Alexei Rodionov's creative cinematography; black and white and full of unusual angles. The director said about the style of her longtime cinematographer Rodionov, with whom she worked on the 1992 film Orlando that he works in the best Russian traditions.

The film starts with politician Janet (Kristin Scott Thomas) inviting friends over for a dinner party to celebrate her promotion, hence the film's dual meaning, both the soiree and Janet's occupation. Her husband Bill (Timothy Spall) is visibly perturbed by something which is later revealed to be his terminal illness. Every character is highly eccentric in this very British comedy and Murphy's performance as Tom, the cocaine-snorting banker on the verge of a nervous breakdown is especially memorable.
Superb ensemble cast in witty intelligent London drama
Like many things in life, the way you respond to a movie is utterly personal and subjective. Plenty of people might scratch their heads in bafflement at what the point of The Party might be. But for me, the movie hits my sweet spot like no other I've seen this year.

Theatre-goers will appreciate the brilliance of the ensemble cast. To describe it as well-acted is to understate it. As individuals actors they are technically brilliant here, but the chemistry between them elevates the ingredients to a fabulous feast of wit, pathos and tongue-in-cheek melodrama.

Sally Potter's writing is sharp as a tack -- sharp enough to successfully scratch away at her big targets -- liberal urban elitism, the London bourgeoisie, gender politics, sexual jealousy, infidelity and hypocrisy... here we have a range of characters who should be at the the peak of their happiness, yet each nurses insecurities that are pulling them apart -- both individually and collectively.

At least 4 of the cast are non-British but it has a strong sense of being "British humour".

In summary, a beautifully observed, cerebral tragicomedy that I would very strongly recommend to anyone who needs a respite from big budget blockbusters.
This cringe-worthy gathering, in the mould of 'Abigail's Party', makes one wonder why we bother inviting others to celebrate our achievements. Scott Thomas ....whose character's recent political success is the purpose of the 'celebration', spends all her time ministering to the needs of pretty much every one else...making the food, making the 'conversation', answering the phone, the door etc whilst husband Bill (Spall), mopes in his chair pondering f... knows what while all the guests argue amongst themselves about their own particular s..t. Xst, its enough to want to shoot them all...yet we are left with only the impression that the absent female guest is to receive this fate. Here we meet middle class angst and separation from reality...what illness exactly does Bill have? We never find out yet, we learn that this little crowd share more carnal knowledge of each other than they'd want to own up to. They're all so up their own backsides we really can't feign interest in them. Cillian's nice to look at though.
Entertaining and witty
It's really hard to find a good comedy nowadays and this film is a rare gem. The plot pokes fun at today's society and its fallen ideals and in lesser extent it also deal with complex relationships. I also really liked that it's in black and white which gives it a special, more intimate feel. Really enjoyed it and would recommend it to all fans of good comedy.
A real oddity - but in a delightful way
This black comedy is a British oddity of a film in so many respects: written by a woman (Sally Potter), directed by a woman (the same Potter), as many female roles as male (actually one more out of seven), shot in black and white, located wholly on the ground floor of a London house, told in real time, and running for only 71 minutes.

Newly appointed (shadow) health minister Janet (Kristin Scott Thomas) and her husband Bill (Timothy Spall) are hosting a small celebration of her success with an odd American/German couple April and Gottfried (Patricia Clarkson & Bruno Ganz), a mixed-age lesbian couple Martha and Jinny (Cherry Jones & Emily Mortimer), and a hyped-up husband Tom (Cillan Murphy) waiting for his wife to arrive.

All the performances by this starry cast are a delight, enhanced by a witty and twisting script, while the opening and closing scenes, so intertwined, are simply wonderful.
It's not just the canapes that go up in smoke at this satirical soiree!
A richly dark social satire by Sally Potter moves in real time in the home (Islington, maybe??) of uber couple Janet (Kristen Scott Thomas) and Bill (Timothy Spall), who are hosting a small intimate gathering of friends to celebrate her promotion as Shadow Minister of Health. Bill, an acclaimed academic, however, is preoccupied and increasingly inebriated as he works through his old vinyl record collection, while Janet prepares food and takes calls from well- wishers. Guests start to arrive, and a wonderfully eclectic liberal and north London lot seem to be assembling. There is acerbic American, April (Patricia Clarkson) and her new age boyfriend Gottfried (Bruno Ganz); Martha (Cherry Jones) an academic colleague of Bill's and her much younger heavily pregnant wife, Jinny (Emily Mortimer), and then a palpitating mass of turmoil that is Tom (Cillian Murphy) the 'wanker banker' arrives, rushing to snort coke in the bathroom and then assuring everybody with much perspiration that his lovely wife, Marianne, Janet's assistant, is delayed but will arrive soon… or maybe by Coffee! Although all have seemingly come to praise Janet, each seems to be carrying their own dramatic news; seemingly everyone has secrets. Bill makes his own announcement, which is the catalyst for an escalation towards all- out confrontation; the canapes can go up in smoke and the gathering of friends begins to unravel. All of this wonderful fayre is crammed into a breakneck 71 minute, single act, black and white, ensemble piece throughout which Scott Thomas is in devastating form as she deals and then doesn't, conceals and then reveals much ado about plenty! It may be a view of the social elite, the political class, the insiders, but it shines a much needed light onto the human condition and our capacity to surprise one another. This ensemble are hilarious with belly laugh out loud moments (I'm sure the way I was laughing was a code violation), witty one liners aplenty. The caustic and chaotic interplay is a joy to behold and this film zips along totally in tune and ends with a wonderful twist.
Sally Potter' s last film ''The Part'' , 2017 with excellent casting is not too bad. We have not seen a new and important work since Orlando , 1992. The Tango Lesson , 1997 was related to her dance ambition and The Man Who Cried , 2000 needs few lesson about gypsy community from Tony Gatlif ( ) Rage , 2009 was like radio program. Ginger & Rose , 2012 was pretty good.

Her last work ''The Party'' in a house is ultimate theater with excellent feminist cast. Two American actresses Patricia Clarkson and Emily Mortimer - personally , Frances McDormand is missing - and one Anglo-Francis actress Kristin Scott Thomas - personally Charlotte Rampling is missing - were gorgeous. Script is gimcrack.

Expecting a better film next time from unique British female film director.
Why did the idiots make it in black n white?!?
Seriously?!? There is no better way to demotivate/dispel the prospective audience from watching a movie than to make it in black n white.

Why? Why did the filmmakers have to do it? There seems to be no sane reason for it. It spoils the whole movie completely! The movie seems repulsive and old fashioned.

This movie could have been so good and entertaining, if only....if only, it would have been made in technicolor.