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Sodium Party (2013)

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Sodium Party follows Claire through a harrowing childhood to university where she meets Danny, a frequently intoxicated photographer who exposes her to real life through a cocktail of love ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Slaine Kelly Slaine Kelly ... Claire
James Corscadden James Corscadden ... Danny
Marian Rose Marian Rose ... Vanessa (as Marian Carroll)
Melissa Nolan Melissa Nolan ... Helen
Katie Byrne Katie Byrne ... Sarah
Bronagh Sheridan Bronagh Sheridan ... Young Claire
Caoilfhionn Hanton Caoilfhionn Hanton ... Hannah
Michael Liebmann Michael Liebmann ... Charlie (as Michael Liebman)
Michael McCabe Michael McCabe ... Mr. Greer
Michael Watts Michael Watts ... Glasses Guy
Roisin McTeggart Donovan Roisin McTeggart Donovan ... Kate (as Róisín Donovan)
Lyndsey Alyson Riddall Lyndsey Alyson Riddall ... Niamh
Conor Donelan Conor Donelan ... Gig Guy
Gordon Mahon ... Police Detective
John O'Connor John O'Connor ... Drunken Partygoer


Sodium Party follows Claire through a harrowing childhood to university where she meets Danny, a frequently intoxicated photographer who exposes her to real life through a cocktail of love and drugs. Their relationship is tested when ghosts of Claire's tumultuous past manifest through super 8 home movie footage causing her world to unravel. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

October 2013 (Ireland) See more »

Filming Locations:

Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland

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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR


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The film was written after the birth of director Michael McCudden's first child, with the intention of leaving something behind that showed his daughter a little of how he sees the world. The project's origins are in random super 8 home movies, whose content force a viewer to layer their own perception onto the images. Initially an experimental found footage film, it was decided the film should utilize the Irish scenery and marry it with a European narrative style. See more »


Featured in Horses for Moths: The Making of Sodium Party (2015) See more »

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What a load of rubbish.
28 November 2017 | by BA_HarrisonSee all my reviews

As a child, Claire suffered from an overbearing mother and witnessed the suicide of her father, causing her to invent an imaginary friend to help her cope with the trauma. Now 26 years old, Claire (played by Slaine Kelly) is at college, but falls for her wild classmate Danny (James Corscadden), who introduces her to the world of alcohol and drugs. But is Danny real, or is Claire seriously mentally ill and living in a fantasy world?

I reckon she's a few Guinnesses short of a full round, but I can't say for sure… this jumbled mess of pretentiousness is nigh impossible to follow thanks to director Michael McCudden's overuse of countless contrived movie-making techniques. Non-linear narrative, choppy editing, wobbly camera-work, pointless out-of-focus shots, extreme close-ups—just a few of the tricks that, when combined, are guaranteed to grind my gears.

Four years after its release and there's still only one IMDb review for Sodium Party (other than mine); I reckon that's because only one other person has made it though to the bitter end of this dreadful pile of unmitigated garbage. In the name of fairness, I always watch to the end before reviewing, no matter how tough the going gets, but this one was a real test of my resolve.

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