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The Party: Nature Morte (1991)

From Time Out Film Guide Beatt's first feature centres on a staggering performance from Swinton: part Diva, part Harpy, part woman struggling to cope and make sense of it all. She plays ... See full synopsis »

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... Queenie
... Black
Lutz Weidlich ... Burrsie
Leland Wheeler
Isabella Mamais
Simon Fisher-Turner ... (as Simon Turner)
... Renée
Wolfram Teufel
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Markus Brutscher ... Singer / Tenor
Geno Lechner
Folke Paulsen ... The Singer Poet
Mark Reeder ... Drunk
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From Time Out Film Guide Beatt's first feature centres on a staggering performance from Swinton: part Diva, part Harpy, part woman struggling to cope and make sense of it all. She plays Queenie, married to a German and living in Germany; the marriage has reached one of its periodic crises, and Queenie's way out of the impasse is to throw a big all-night party. During it, she humiliates her husband by flirting with a handsome French stranger (Atkine). She succeeds in making a drama out of a crisis. Shot in steely monochrome, this is a small triumph for high-concept film-making. It's structured as a flow of vignettes, with an ever-changing cast of party guests in the background; dozens of people get their minute or two of prominence, but everything turns around the central triangle of wife, husband and potential lover. The only real weakness is the dialogue, far too much of which is quoted from literature and poetry. But the grasp of mood and rhythm is spot on. Author: TR, Time Out Film...

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Mark Reeder appears as a drunk in this film towards the end, in a short scene together with the films score composer Simon Fisher-Turner. He was spontaneously roped in, after visiting the set to bring a tape with the party song "11th March" by his band "Shark Vegas" for inclusion on the soundtrack. See more »

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