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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)
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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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Storyline

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

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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:

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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Cillian Murphy described his character as a human hand grenade. See more »

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Martha: I too am frequently described by internet trolls as an embarrassment, or worse. Much worse, actually. Is it a crime to be an embarrassment?
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Referenced in Host Lucie Výborné: Jan Hrebejk (2018) See more »

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VERDES ANOS
Written by Carlos Paredes and Pedro Tamen
Performed by Carlos Paredes (Portuguese guitar)
Accompanied by Fernando Alvim (classical guitar)
Published by Edições Valentim de Carvalho, S.A. (SPA)
Master recording courtesy of Edições Valentim de Carvalho
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Highstrung empty career creatures
19 October 2017 | by PortobellaSee all my reviews

This Potter film paints a bleak picture of modern people. There isn't ONE person in this cast of 7 whom the audience can really sympathise with. The 7 characters call themselves friends but treat each other with hostility, dishonesty etc. Too me it felt more like an unreal vacuum of lovelessness than a real group of people. Even the super-talented Cillian Murphy comes across as one-sided and overacting. The 'twist' at the end is also not very interesting and a bit of a cliché. I've seen much better work from Sally Potter!


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