A brilliant ensemble cast get the opportunity to lampoon Britain's political elite in Sally Potter's biting and supremely entertaining satire.
Janet (Kristin Scott Thomas) has just been appointed Shadow Minister for Health and has invited some friends around to celebrate. Her dazed husband (Timothy Spall) seems happy enough to see the sarcastic April (Patricia Clarkson), but struggles to check his intolerance of flagrant new-ager Gottfried (Bruno Ganz). The next guests to arrive are Martha (Cherry Jones), described by April as "a first-class lesbian and a second-rate thinker," and her wife Jinny (Emily Mortimer), but things seriously derail when unhinged and chemically-enhanced banker Tom (Cillian Murphy) bursts in looking for his wife.
Dinner always appears to be on the cusp of being served but never quite arrives and as in Luis Buñuel's infamous film, The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, the guests remain hungry and volatile. The Party is a set-up that offers plenty of opportunity for exchanges and reactions that point to different, often conflicting, opinions ranging from trust in medicine, through politics and morals, to philosophy of life (Gottfried is happy to offer a lot of his own ideas on this last issue), and the interplay between the superb cast members is a true joy to watch.
Directed by Sally Potter, United Kingdom, 2017, 71 mins.