NZIFF The Party

The Party - Cinema Paradiso Methven

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Movie Information

The dinner-party-from-hell genre is delivered a short sharp shock by veteran British writer-director Sally Potter in this gleaming black comedy. Kristin Scott Thomas is hosting a group of friends to celebrate her promotion as shadow Minister of Health, elegantly juggling dinner preparation, congratulatory calls and surreptitious messaging from a lover. Husband Timothy Spall plays aggressive DJ, otherwise upright but catatonic in the living room as the guests arrive. These include her best friend (Patricia Clarkson, wryly acidic), her life-coach boyfriend (Bruno Ganz, wondrously inane), a coked-up venture capitalist (Cillian Murphy) who arrives sans wife, and an earnest lesbian couple (Emily Mortimer and Cherry Jones) intent on sharing some good news. Silly them.

  • Suitable for mature audiences
  • Film Festival
  • Violence
  • Offensive language
  • Drug use

71 mins

  • Kristin Scott Thomas
  • Timothy Spall
  • Patricia Clarkson
  • Bruno Ganz
  • Cherry Jones
  • Emily Mortimer
  • Cillian Murphy
Storyline

The dinner-party-from-hell genre is delivered a short sharp shock by veteran British writer-director Sally Potter in this gleaming black comedy. Kristin Scott Thomas is hosting a group of friends to celebrate her promotion as shadow Minister of Health, elegantly juggling dinner preparation, congratulatory calls and surreptitious messaging from a lover. Husband Timothy Spall plays aggressive DJ, otherwise upright but catatonic in the living room as the guests arrive. These include her best friend (Patricia Clarkson, wryly acidic), her life-coach boyfriend (Bruno Ganz, wondrously inane), a coked-up venture capitalist (Cillian Murphy) who arrives sans wife, and an earnest lesbian couple (Emily Mortimer and Cherry Jones) intent on sharing some good news. Silly them.

Rating
  • Suitable for mature audiences
Genre
  • Film Festival
Consumer Advice
  • Violence
  • Offensive language
  • Drug use
Length

71 mins

Cast
  • Kristin Scott Thomas
  • Timothy Spall
  • Patricia Clarkson
  • Bruno Ganz
  • Cherry Jones
  • Emily Mortimer
  • Cillian Murphy

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