The Party

Showed at Images 3/23/2018–3/29/2018

Starring: Kristin Scott Thomas, Patricia Clarkson, Bruno Ganz, Cherry Jones, Cillian Murphy, Emily Mortimer, Timothy Spall

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Renaissance woman writer/director Sally Potter made an indelible mark on the film landscape with Orlando (1992), long considered impossible to adapt to film. She continues to reject the status quo and provoke with The Party, a dark comedy featuring an amazing cast that includes Kristin Scott Thomas, Patricia Clarkson, Bruno Ganz, and Cillian Murphy.

Janet (Kristin Scott Thomas) is hosting an intimate gathering of friends in her London home to celebrate her political ascension, while her husband, Bill (Timothy Spall), seems preoccupied. Janet’s acerbic best friend, April (Patricia Clarkson), arrives and others follow, some with their own dramatic news to share, but an announcement by Bill provokes a series of revelations that gradually unravel the sophisticated soiree, and a night that began with champagne may end with gunplay.

  • Director: Sally Potter
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Runtime: 1 hour 11 minutes
  • Genre: Dark Comedy

“With The Party, availing herself of a zinger-heavy script and an unimprovable cast, the director has made not only her most accessible picture to date, but also a shrewd demonstration of the less-is-more principle.”

– Los Angeles Times