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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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Cynthia Beatt

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Cynthia Beatt

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Cast

Credited cast:
Tilda Swinton ... Queenie
Féodor Atkine ... Black
Lutz Weidlich Lutz Weidlich ... Burrsie
Leland Wheeler Leland Wheeler
Isabella Mamais Isabella Mamais
Simon Fisher-Turner Simon Fisher-Turner ... (as Simon Turner)
Amira Ghazalla
Nina Franoszek ... Renée
Wolfram Teufel Wolfram Teufel
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Markus Brutscher Markus Brutscher ... Singer / Tenor
Geno Lechner
Folke Paulsen Folke Paulsen ... The Singer Poet
Mark Reeder Mark Reeder ... Drunk
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Storyline

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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Country:

Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

6 September 1991 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Party See more »

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Alert Film,NFP See more »
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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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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