Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Review of THE PARTY directed by Sally Potter

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The Party is one of those movies you will either love or hate. It permits no middle ground. The script is cynical, bitterly funny, and manages to ratchet up the tension to the very end. The small cast is an ensemble of seven fine actors whose characters make up the dinner party from hell. The simplicity of the set, it couldn't be a more iconic British drawing-room comedy, is shot in an uncompromising black and white, and is perfect for the moral disintegration which is to follow. Janet ( Kristin Scott Thomas) has just been appointed Shadow Cabinet Minister of Health and is hosting a celebration dinner party. Her guests anticipate she will soon lead the Party itself. But her husband Bill (Timothy Spall) also has an announcement to make that evening. And there is the small matter of the gun which first appears in the opening scene. Director Sally Potter has made 71 minutes of pure, dark, cinematic pleasure. 4.5 stars from me.