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Party, The (15)

Comedy, Drama

A comedy wrapped around a tragedy. It starts as a celebration and ends with blood on the floor.
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The critical consensus

Patricia Clarkson steals the show, but everyone in Potter’s gifted cast gets their moment to shine in a sharp-edged, claustrophobic parlour piece that puts the boot into middle-class mores.

****(*)Phil De Semlyen, Empire Online, 09/10/2017

Filled with fine performances – notably Ganz, who is hilarious as airy-fairy life-coach Gottfried – it's as riotous as it is pertinent, the perfect tonic in Brexit Britain.

****(*)James Mottram, The List, 09/10/2017

Lively and invigorating filmmaking with an energy that belies its own pessimism.

****(*)Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent, 12/10/2017

Filmed in the midst of Brexit, The Party doesn’t directly reference that calamitous event, but beneath all the barbed comments, cutting put-downs and feverish revelations it does expose how quickly old certainties and decades of partnership can be upended when matters of the heart get out of control.

****(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 12/10/2017

A claret catastrophe of upper middle class navel gazing and hackneyed barbs.

Adam Lee Davies, Little White Lies, 13/10/2017

A posh, vicious Abigail’s Party which, like the best guests, doesn’t outstay its welcome.

****(*)Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 13/10/2017

A politician’s soiree quickly descends into farce in Sally Potter’s star-laden satire, a sharply observed study of love and politics.

****(*)Mark Kermode, The Observer, 15/10/2017

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

Cameo, Edinburgh from Saturday November 25, 2017, until Thursday November 30, 2017. More info:

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