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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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Sally Potter

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Sally Potter, Walter Donohue (story editor)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Timothy Spall ... Bill
Kristin Scott Thomas ... Janet
Patricia Clarkson ... April
Bruno Ganz ... Gottfried
Cherry Jones ... Martha
Emily Mortimer ... Jinny
Cillian Murphy ... Tom
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Storyline

To celebrate her long-awaited prestigious post as a Shadow Minister for Health and, hopefully, the stepping stone to party leadership, the newly-appointed British opposition politician, Janet, is throwing a party for friends at her London flat. Of course, in this select and intimate soirée, apart from Bill--Janet's self-denying academic husband--a motley crew of elite hand-picked guests have been invited: There's April, the sourly cynical American best friend; her unlikely German husband, Gottfried; there's also Jinny and Martha; and finally, Tom, the smooth banker in the impeccable suit. But inevitably, before dinner is served, the upbeat ambience will shatter to pieces, as festering secrets will start surfacing in this perfect domestic war-zone. Undoubtedly, after this night, things will never be the same again. Written by Nick Riganas

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A comedy of tragic proportions.

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for language and drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 February 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Festa See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$37,396, 18 February 2018

Gross USA:

$749,827
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2.35 : 1
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Filmed on a West London studio set in two weeks. See more »

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Martha: April, really. I am a professor. Specializing in domestic labour gender differentiation in American utopianism.
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Referenced in Anne Plus: ANNE+ Sofie (2018) See more »

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CIOCIRLIA
Written by Grigoras Dinicu
Performed byTaraful Grigoras Dinicu, Grigoras Dinicu et son orchestre
Publishing Courtesy of the Grigoras Dinicu Estate
Master Recording Courtesy of Electrecord
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11 March 2018 | by jeggertonSee all my reviews

Fortunately I have a MoviePass, so seeing this movie only cost me an hour and change I can never get back.

The Party's biggest problem is that it is not sufficiently funny to signal it is black comedy, so I didn't laugh in some places not to interrupt other patrons in case it was not supposed to be funny.

The dialog consisted of stilted one-lines and scene-tearing acting that rang false at almost every turn. People spoke not as they would in life, but as a scriptwriter forced them too.

The funny bits were not particularly funny, and then came what the movie makers seemed to want to be serious and searing moments of Albee and Pinter-like exchanges.

Perhaps if it were funnier, earlier, I could have figured out it was a satire. As it was, I just kind of felt embarrassed for the filmmaker and writer.

If you are looking for wicked black (and white) comedy, track down "The Loved One" and stream it.


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