The Party

2017

Comedy / Drama

39
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 92%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 95%
IMDb Rating 6.7 10 6734

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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Ali 1 / 10

Poor scenario..

Dialogues are very boring, the acting was unprofessional.. The output method has a lot of disadvantages, The content of this movie is empty.

It is a terrible waste of time.

Reviewed by dromasca 7 / 10

a West End show on screen

The format of the British film "The Party" directed by Sally Potter is quite unusual. It's total screen time is just over one hour, which places the film in the class of mid-sized features, not very popular nowadays. It is even shorter than what would be a filmed theater play, although from many other aspects it looks like one. All the action happens within the walls and in the garden of one house. There are a total of seven characters which are on screen (on stage if you want) most of the time. Actually the closest work I could think about are the plays of Yasmina Reza, and especially "Dieu du carnage" which inspired "Carnage" directed by Roman Polanski. And yet, "The Party" is based on an original script written by the director of the movie Sally Potter. It may be the goal of the West End theaters to put on stage the play inspired by the film.

Janet (Kristin Scott Thomas) is a British MP in the opposition, who lives what should be one of the best days of her life. She was nominated a minister in that odd British institution which is called 'the shadow cabinet' - a mirror of the real government formed by opposition politicians to show publicly the democratic alternative. She is on her way of becoming, maybe, the next Margaret Thatcher. A party with her closest family and friends is called, but besides the principal events, her family and friends have also their own announcements which will completely change the course of the day and of their whole lives. We witness one of these situations in which events go quickly out of control, marriages and old friendships are broken, and the masks of conventions fall completely because of the revelations of hidden secrets from present and past.

Music plays an essential role in the film. Vinyl records picked from a box near the pick-up music machine in the living room will provide the almost continuous musical background that starts with Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry's 'Jerusalem' continues with famous jazz standards by Sidney Bechet, John Coltrane and Ibrahim Ferrer, jumps between the funereal "Dido's Lament" by Henry Purcell to the Romanian folk song 'Ciocarlia' ('The Lark') played by Grigoras Dinicu and ends with Latin music, appropriate to the passionate ending. The music and the intensity of the acting provides the quality and the satisfaction that I experienced as a viewer. Kristin Scott Thomas is fantastic, fast forwarding between self-confidence and vulnerability, between feeling hurt and planning revenge. Timothy Spall as Janet's husband wears a mask that viewers will find hard to forget, and seeing again the excellent German actor Bruno Ganz was also a treat. Each of the actors creates first class performances, their characters have each strong individuality and interact well together. The choice of black-and-wide filming became a fashion, sometimes justified, but in this case it did not seem to me to have added anything special. "The Party" with its duration and content looks less like a full length movie, and more like an afternoon theater performance in the London West End, but a good one.

Reviewed by Kapten Video 8 / 10

A pleasant surprise! Now I need to make room for it in my 2017 favourite movies list

Seven people have a get-together to celebrate one's success, but as it turns out, everybody has something big to reveal.

Starring Kristen Scott Thomas, Patricia Clarkson, Timothy Spall, Cillian Murphy, Cherry Jones, Emily Mortimer and Bruno Ganz, or shortly: one helluva cast of screen veterans. And they really can bring out the best of this material.

The famous names aside, the movie itself is a nice little surprise too: a nuanceful black comedy / morality play, which turns out to be both witty and deep, and lasts for only 71 minutes, including the credits!

I have long wished for shorter movies, in this day and age seemingly nobody thinks it could be done in less than two hours or something.

"The Party" is comedy, but not of "LOL" and "ha-ha" variety, engaging the audience with subtlety and style.

It not gonna satisfy everybody, nothing does, but the project has excelled on its own terms and within set limits: an artsy comedy with a strong message.

After couple of minutes in the beginning, which I needed to acclimate to the writer-director Sally Potter's distinctive style, I found a lot to like about the movie.

This is a story-based movie, which means that actors are used as devices in service of the material, not as the stars around which everything has to revolve.

Everyone gives a noteworthy, enjoyable performance despite just having a mission to fill a part in bigger mosaic. People know their place, adapt well to others, have something unique to offer. It couldn't be done as effectively by just any seven actors, but all seven are, of course, well known and respected names in their field.

"The Party" is also a great example of how theatrical approach can fit well into a movie. Take note, most of the Estonian movie makers! Yes, it's theatrical - evident in style, but also for taking place in one small and relatively tight location - but it sounds and feels like a proper movie.

Thirdly - what I always enjoy a lot - "The Party" is surprisingly deep, especially for such a short work which could easily get by just concentrating on events and characters.

The story speaks of the importance of truth and reconciliation, which are essential to really live a life, instead of "building" one, as most of the characters here have preferred.

Life is always changing and attemps to force things to be and stay in certain way don't bring you readiness to change, to be open to whatever happens next. And shutting yourself into a self-created box will bring pain and inconveniency when life forces to step out of it.

I also liked the way how the events and scenes deal with relationships but constantly re-focus on showing how the life is always changing and there's no black-or-white truth to be found here.

So I would call it a spiritual story as well, but Potter has not tried to force the viewer to accept her way of thinking or perspective. In fact, the only character not interested in "clear and rational" thinking has been mostly used as a comic relief.

I also like how compact the movie is. There's not an ounce of filler, writer-director Sally Potter must have known exactly what to say/show and how to bring it onto the screen. This precision helps to create a nice mix of suspense and comedy.

All in all, I very much liked "The Party". And you will, too, if you can get accustomed to its style and brand of humor. Can you? You will know after just five minutes of watching, so no wasting time here, too.

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