The Party


2017 | 71 minutes | Rated R

Sally Potter’s eighth feature film is The Party, a 71-minute black-and-white movie that was, admittedly, panned by the best film critic in the US, Manohla Dargis, who, though comparing it to Alfred Hitchcock’s Lifeboat, Rope, Rear Window, and Dial M for Murder, called it “brittle.” But it is still by Sally Potter, the director who gave the world two masterpieces in the 1990s Orlando and The Tango Lesson. She is almost 70 but has not made that many films. The fact that she completed a new one justifies watching it. The Party is set in London. And it stars an actress discovered by the late Prince, Kristin Scott Thomas.

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Film Credits
Sally Potter
Patricia Clarkson, Bruno Ganz, Cherry Jones, Emily Mortimer, Cillian Murphy, Kristin Scott Thomas, Timothy Spall