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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.


Sally Potter


Sally Potter, Walter Donohue (story editor)
3,771 ( 407)
4 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview:
Timothy Spall ... Bill
Kristin Scott Thomas ... Janet
Patricia Clarkson ... April
Bruno Ganz ... Gottfried
Cherry Jones ... Martha
Emily Mortimer ... Jinny
Cillian Murphy ... Tom


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


A comedy of tragic proportions.


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Release Date:

16 February 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Festa See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$37,396, 18 February 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

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Company Credits

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Technical Specs


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Entire movie is shown in black and white, however the end credits include Editorial Department Staff, of one colourist and three colour assistants. See more »


Martha: Where is Janet?
April: Doing a Thatcher. Proving she can still rustle up a canape in the kitchen when necessary, despite her political prowess.
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References Master Chef (2010) See more »


Written by Ernest Ranglin and Clement Dodd
Performed by Ernest Ranglin
Published by Westbury Music Publishing
Master Recording Courtesy of Island Records
Under licence from Universal Music Operations Ltd.
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I'll get my coat.
10 December 2017 | by torrascotiaSee all my reviews

With a film which has a high rating as well as a few decent actors I was expecting something engaging. What I found however was that I could only stomach half an hour of this,I know it's a short film but that wasn't enough to keep me from removing myself from this party after 30 or so mins. This is one of the most pretentious movies I have ever sat down to watch. The problem I found was that there simply wasn't a single person in this movie you would want to be around for five mins never mind the full running time. What we have is a bunch of middle class selfish self centered stereotypes being passive aggressive towards each other and that's the big problem. It's just not believable that these people would spend time in each others company as there's no positive emotion flowing between any of them. The fact it's in black and white just adds to the pretension that this is somehow an intelligent film. There's no benefit to this being in black and white. I don't see this as a commentary on society or any social group, apart from the fact that people who claim to enjoy this movie will be as pretentious as the characters it's trying to mock. The movie lacks soul, doesn't engage and would likely only be enjoyed by those with sociopathic traits who enjoy watching people backbiting each other for their enjoyment.

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