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FilmThe Party

Sunday April 29th at 4:45 PM

Cinecenta

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Sally Potter · UK · 2017 · 71 mins · PG

A wicked chamber piece, delightfully retro and highly contemporary. Janet (Kristin Scott Thomas) invites her friends over to celebrate her new job: Minister of Health in a Labour government, but her husband Bill (Timothy Spall) is in a monosyllabic funk and a mysterious lover keeps calling her cell. The blunt-spoken April (Patricia Clarkson) is always squelching her partner, a touchy-feely German therapist (Bruno Ganz), and says their relationship is over. That is nothing compared to what Bill has to announce or the lesbian Jinny (Emily Mortimer), who has a big surprise for her older lover (Cherry Jones). Meanwhile the financier Tom (Cillian Murphy) shows up without his wife, looking sweaty and spooked. With its unity of time and place, the disintegrating party feels highly theatrical and this wonderfully performed black-and-white film recalls in particular Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf. Yet also, Potter's comic dissection of the London intelligentsia's personal and political angst is completely of the moment. –The Globe and Mail“Old-fashioned charm meets sharp wit and modern social satire in The Party, a biting comedy carried by a shining performance from Patricia Clarkson.” Rotten Tomatoes“A darkly delicious comedy of manners.” Toronto StarCast Timothy Spall, Kristin Scott Thomas, Patricia Clarkson