Tuesday, March 13, 2018

The Party (2017)

Director: Sally Potter. Cast: Timothy Spall, Kristin Scott Thomas, Patricia Clarkson, Bruno Ganz, Cherry Jones, Emily Mortimer, Cillian Murphy. 71 min. Rated R. UK. Drama/Comedy.

A small gathering to celebrate the political success of a friend ends in discovering betrayal after betrayal after betrayal. The director tries to pull a Linklater by setting her entire play-like film in fashionable black-and-white in a small house between few characters, but is barely able to make it past the one-hour mark, and in the meantime, the viewer keeps ruminating: "Get to the point!" The back-and-forth dialogue at times becomes fun, but don't believe the film's 84% Tomatometer score; minimalist film-making is a skill not many possess.

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