The Party (15)
DIRECTED BY: Sally Potter
STARRING: Kristin Scott Thomas, Timothy Spall, Patricia Clarkson, Cillian Murphy
RUNNING TIME: 71 minutes
Review by Kevin Maher (The Times)
Don’t you just hate it when you’re having a dinner party in north London to celebrate your promotion to the opposition front benches and your husband reveals that he’s having an affair? Then your lesbian best friend announces that she’s pregnant with IVF triplets and the husband of your other friend turns up, fully armed, with the intention of killing someone?
This is the scatterbrained premise, stunningly played and deftly executed, of The Party, the funniest film that writer-director Sally Potter (Orlando) has made. At 71 minutes long, it’s a breakneck one-act dash, with rapid-fire ruminations on God, the health service and the trouble with money and built around a towering turn from Kristin Scott Thomas as the newly promoted shadow minister.
There are scenes where Scott Thomas plays several competing emotions simultaneously, often through grimaces alone, but with masterful aplomb. What do we want? More Scott Thomas comedies! Now!
FRIDAY 25 MAY 2018
Doors: 7.30pm Film 8pm
Rotten Tomatoes - 92%
The Guardian - ★★★★
The Telegraph - ★★★★
The Independent - ★★★
The Times - ★★★★