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thumbnail The Party (2017 UK)

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Director: Sally Potter
Starring: Timothy Spall, Kristin Scott Thomas, Patricia Clarkson
Genre: Black comedy
Duration: 71 mins

Writer-director Sally Potter’s riotous tragicomedy is both a ghastly social function at which bourgeois lives unravel and the unnamed political opposition party through whose ranks Kristin Scott Thomas’s brittle anti-heroine Janet ascends. She’s the newly appointed shadow health minister, a careerist idealist who believes in ‘truth and reconciliation’ rather than shouting, punching and biting. Yet during the course of a single calamitous soiree, her right-thinking, left-leaning comrades will turn on themselves and one another in an increasingly farcical feeding frenzy. Indeed, when we first meet Janet, she’s pointing a gun at the camera, a harbinger of what’s to come in Potter’s short, sharp satire of love, politics and burnt vol-au-vents.

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