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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.

Director:

Sally Potter

Writers:

Sally Potter, Walter Donohue (story editor)
4 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

A comedy of tragic proportions.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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:

A Festa See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$37,396, 18 February 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$749,827
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Bruno Ganz played Hitler in Downfall (2004) and Timothy Spall played David Irving who wrote book about Hitler in Denial (2016). See more »

Quotes

Janet: It's not fake. It's just sometimes you have to pretend. In order to win.
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References Master Chef (2010) See more »

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WHAT IS THIS THING CALLED LOVE
Written by Cole Porter
Performed by Sidney Bechet and his New Orleans Feetwarmers
© 1939 (Renewed) WB Music Corp. (ASCAP)
All rights administered by Warner/Chappell North America Ltd.
Master Recording Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment Ltd.
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3 December 2017 | by viqousSee all my reviews

Stellar performances, 9/10 script (there is a little bit lacking in the ending), and an overall likability to all the characters. For the first time in a long time I felt like I needed to post a review, because it felt like my view wasn't represented. If you liked Carnage, this is for you: This is a tightly wound, small play, made for screen. The bonus of having close-ups and a definitive, select final cut, made this a real treat.


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