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523 Ratings

The Party

Directed by Sally Potter
United Kingdom, 2017
Drama, Comedy


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

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The Party Directed by Sally Potter
Sally Potter is a filmmaker who deserves to be more decisively seen and heard. I’m not one for avidly going to bat for socially-purposeful art, but I dare say that Potter, whose films have long addressed gender identity, political commitment, feminism, capitalism, and other concerns is absolutely, in the parlance of the times, one of the Filmmakers We Need Now.
February 16, 2018
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Filming in black-and-white, keeping the pace brisk and the tone stage-loud as if angling for the balcony, Potter presses plenty of action into the seventy-minute span, but none of the life-changing confessions or outsized gestures seem substantial or deep-rooted; the movie’s ideas and impulses are a grab bag of bourgeois-bohemian emblems.
February 16, 2018
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Potter’s latest, basically a filmed play confined to a trendy London town house and tastefully shot in black-and-white, mines similar territory to that of Ginger and Rosa, only with a more arid, less forgiving spirit. A contemporary farce with aspirations to satire and an awkward dab of tragedy, The Party clocks in at a mercifully trim 71-minutes, which is more than enough time to fire volleys of flat-footed cheap shots across the bows.
February 15, 2018
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