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The Party (2017)

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Janet hosts a party to celebrate her new promotion, but once the guests arrive it becomes clear that not everything is going to go down as smoothly as the red wine.

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Sally Potter

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Sally Potter, Walter Donohue (story editor)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Timothy Spall ... Bill
Kristin Scott Thomas ... Janet
Patricia Clarkson ... April
Bruno Ganz ... Gottfried
Cherry Jones ... Martha
Emily Mortimer ... Jinny
Cillian Murphy ... Tom
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To celebrate her long-awaited prestigious post as a Shadow Minister for Health and, hopefully, the stepping stone to party leadership, the newly-appointed British opposition politician, Janet, is throwing a party for friends at her London flat. Of course, in this select and intimate soirée, apart from Bill--Janet's self-denying academic husband--a motley crew of elite hand-picked guests have been invited: There's April, the sourly cynical American best friend; her unlikely German husband, Gottfried; there's also Jinny and Martha; and finally, Tom, the smooth banker in the impeccable suit. But inevitably, before dinner is served, the upbeat ambience will shatter to pieces, as festering secrets will start surfacing in this perfect domestic war-zone. Undoubtedly, after this night, things will never be the same again. Written by Nick Riganas

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A comedy of tragic proportions.

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for language and drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 February 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Party See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$37,396, 18 February 2018

Gross USA:

$749,827

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,597,950
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The Party was awarded the Guild Film Prize at the Berlinale 2017. See more »

Quotes

Janet: It's not fake. It's just sometimes you have to pretend. In order to win.
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COMO SIENTO YO
Written by Rubén González
Performed by Rubén González
Published by Termidor Musikverlag GmbH&Co.KG
Master Recording Courtesy of EGREM Records
Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment Ltd.
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It's a succinct and simple chamber piece that works when it works but feels a little flat and forgettable, especially in hindsight.
1 November 2017 | by Pjtaylor-96-138044See all my reviews

'The Party', which tells the tale of a dinner party awkwardly gone awry, plays out in real time and relies solely on the dynamics between its seven core characters, who here deliver dialogue that mostly does that debatably grounding and realistic thing of actually being about quote unquote 'nothing' - swapping Tarantino's signature pop culture spewing style with one that focuses on the main socio-economic and political views of modern Britain (issues which have their place and need to be talked about but are here used as filler); while it is fairly entertaining for the majority of its very short run-time, once you look back on the overall narrative it feels somewhat empty (and dare I say unnecessary) especially when you know where it leaves off and how many of its seemingly insignificant plot strands are simply left dangling, though as a darkly satirical piece there are a few nice moments which stand out from the otherwise forgettable picture which is technically very well conceived to feel as though an encounter one might have at an unfortunate New Years Eve party. 6/10


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