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The Party 71 mins

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Patricia Clarkson, Cillian Murphy, Timothy Spall and Kristin Scott Thomas star in a tasty British black comedy about a fancy dinner party that doesn't go according to plan.

Respected British art house filmmaker Sally Potter (Orlando; The Man Who Cried; The Tango Lesson) is the surprise writer-director of a fabulous farce that can proudly take its place in the 'dinner party from hell' hall of fame. Career politician Janet (Kristin Scott Thomas) is celebrating her promotion. Well, that's the plan, anyway. Things go hilariously downhill as soon as Janet's uber-cynical bestie, April (Patricia Clarkson, superb), and other perfectly dreadful guests arrive. Naturally everyone has something to hide and everyone's going to receive their just desserts long before the actual dessert arrives. Filmed in glorious monochrome, packed with zingers and paced like lightning, this "Party" is well worth RSVPing for.

Exquisitely soundtracked with vintage blues, jazz, reggae and tango.

★★★★ The Guardian | ★★★★ The Times | ★★★★ Radio Times |  ★★★★ The Wrap | ★★★★ The Observer |★★★★ Daily Express | ★★★★The Independent | ★★★★ Empire Magazine | ★★★★ Metro UK ★★★★ Time Out | ★★★★Total Film | ★★★★ London Evening Standard

Official Competition Berlin International Film Festival
Official Selection London Film Festival
Official Selection Sydney Film Festival
Official Selection Melbourne International Film Festival

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"A dark satire... with barbed dialogue and delicious irony"

'A consummate drawing-room divertissement, played with relish by a dream ensemble There's nothing to dislike about a film that gives Patricia Clarkson the chance to tell Cherry Jones that she's 'a first-rate lesbian and a second-rate thinker.'
- Variety
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