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The Party (2017)

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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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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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In 2010 through 2012, Timothy Spall was actually being battling a cancer diagnosis in real life. He retuned to work at the London Olympics Closing Ceromy as Winston Churchill after getting the all clear. See more »

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April: You're a first class lesbian and a second rate thinker. Must be all those women's studies.
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It's not just the canapes that go up in smoke at this satirical soiree!
18 October 2017 | by (Oxford) – See all my reviews

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.


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