HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
Newest Reviews
Perfect 10
Octaman
Red Penguins
China Syndrome, The
Babyteeth
Round-Up, The
Around the Sun
Once There Was Brasilia
Peripheral
Dead Pigeon on Beethoven Street
Ice
She Demons
Good Girls, The
Hail, Hero!
Faces in the Crowd
Tamango
Traitor, The
Tomorrow
Third Generation, The
Saxon Charm, The
Spy Intervention
Moonrise
Mulan
Killer with a Thousand Eyes, The
Vigil, The
Liberation of L.B. Jones, The
Wizard of Baghdad, The
Ride
Good Manners
Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo
Sweet Home
Big Score, The
Siddhartha
Three Outlaw Samurai
Echoes of Fear
Guinea Pig, The
Truth, The
Good Die Young, The
Old Guard, The
Gumnaam
   
 
Newest Articles
Network On Air: Nights in with ABC 2 - Your Faces are All Blurred!
Eve Knew Her Apples: The Lady Eve on Blu-ray
Network On Air: Tempo - Gallery One
Network On Air: Nights In with ABC 1 - Welcome Once Again to Manchester!
Transformative Apocalypses: Phase IV and Southland Tales
The Happiest Days of Their Lives: The Guinea Pig on Blu-ray
Faced Poe: Three Edgar Allan Poe Adaptations Starring Bela Lugosi on Blu-ray
Hard Luck, Buster: The Cameraman on Blu-ray
At the Hop: Mr. Vampire on Blu-ray
Divine Madness: Female Trouble on Blu-ray
Country Matters: Further Out of Town on Blu-ray
Bat-Damn: Was Joel Schumacher's Batman Really That Bad?
The Beat Goes On: Takeshi Kitano Collection on Blu-ray
Dream Treats: Scorsese Shorts on Blu-ray
It's Only Money: Laughter in Paradise on Blu-ray
A Regular Terpsichore: Dance, Girl, Dance on Blu-ray
Teenage Trauma: Baby Love on Blu-ray
The Happening: Pet Shop Boys It Couldn't Happen Here on Blu-ray
Who Watched The Watchmen?
The Golden Age of Colonic Irrigation: Monty Python Series 4 on Blu-ray
Lady of Pleasure: Lola Montes on Blu-ray
Take You to the Gay Bar: Funeral Parade of Roses on Blu-ray
Hit for Ms: Mark Cousins' Women Make Film on Blu-ray
Look Sinister: The 1000 Eyes of Dr. Mabuse on Blu-ray
Star Wars Triple Threat: The Tricky Third Prequel and Sequel
   
 
  Party, The Vol-Au-Wrongs
Year: 2017
Director: Sally Potter
Stars: Timothy Spall, Kristin Scott Thomas, Patricia Clarkson, Bruno Ganz, Cherry Jones, Emily Mortimer, Cillian Murphy
Genre: Comedy, DramaBuy from Amazon
Rating:  6 (from 1 vote)
Review: Bill (Timothy Spall) sits in his living room listening to music at high volume and sipping a glass of wine; as he does so, he notes a fox sniffing around the patio doors, yet barely reacts as his wife Janet (Kristin Scott Thomas) busies herself in the kitchen. She is celebrating because she has today been announced as Shadow Minister for Health, which marks her continuing rise up the political ladder, and with that in mind has invited a few friends around for some drinks and vol-au-vents, which she is preparing herself. However, as she receives calls on her phone to congratulate her, there's someone else who keeps contacting her - could it be that she has been carrying on an affair behind Bill's back?

The Party 2017 was not to be confused with the Peter Sellers comedy of the late nineteen-sixties, though this was intended to provoke laughter, it was a good deal more caustic in its effects as it took on the mores of the left of the political divide. Filmed in black and white, it took place in one house, as the Sellers movie had done, and also delineated the breaking down of the social niceties into chaos, but the sixties effort had been more to do with a letting down of hair, whereas this was more to do with letting down your nearest and dearest as we see when the two hosts and the five guests (with one on the way but delayed) encounter revelations that shake them to their very cores.

Many were wont to see Mike Leigh in this, as if writer and director Sally Potter was channelling his muse to craft a satirical look at the illusions her character were labouring under, but Leigh was less likely to be so overtly political; Potter was happy to send up her characters as if everything they believed when contrasted with the way they behaved revealed them to be utter hypocrites. She had assuredly assembled an excellent cast, each well-versed in stage craft therefore more than able to carry this sort of intense, and intensive, thespianism as if they were performing in a filmed play; there was a sixties television vibe to it, that sense of low budget small screen exploration underway.

No matter that Potter had opted to shoot in the Cinemascope ratio, presumably to say, it is a real film, honest, though in truth neither that frame nor the gleaming monochrome photography came across as anything but window dressing when it was what the partygoers said to one another that was the important thing. Bill obviously had something on his mind that was apart from his wife's success, and he would drop not one but two bombshells before the hour was up - the entire drama was about seventy minutes in length, including the end credits. But then, everyone in that house, once collected in one place, had a revelation to deliver, some more predictable than others, the pregnancy of Jinny (Emily Mortimer) for instance being easy to see, but not the fact she was carrying triplets thanks to fertility treatment.

She is the wife of Martha (Cherry Jones), one of Janet's associates, and also present were April (Patricia Clarkson, proving once again waspish was the best way to experience her) and her soon to be ex-boyfriend, the spacey Gottfried (Bruno Ganz), plus Tom (Cillian Murphy) whose wife is the delayed one and wastes no time in getting high on cocaine in the bathroom - he's also brought a gun. This lot were intended to expose the gap between the ideals of the Left and the reality of the deep divisions between even those who were supposed to be on the same side, the more liberal aspect of society seemingly more liable to find things to argue among themselves about instead of tackling their opponents, yet as this was released it was clear the Right were succumbing to that as well, confusing the political landscape and giving rise to a terrible uncertainty in the nation. Fair enough, there was comedy and drama to be mined from this, but The Party was just that bit too hysterical to convince; if it had built to a better punchline it might have satisfied more, but as it was, a decent enough piece for actor fanciers.

[Picturehouse's Blu-ray looks and sounds spiffing, with a million interviews as extras.]

Click here for the TV spot

Click here to order the disc, out 19th February
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 1093 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which star is the best at shouting?
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Brian Blessed
Tiffany Haddish
Steve Carell
Olivia Colman
Captain Caveman
Sylvester Stallone
Gerard Butler
Samuel L. Jackson
Bipasha Basu
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Darren Jones
Paul Smith
Andrew Pragasam
  Lee Fiveash
  Mick Stewart
Enoch Sneed
  Dsfgsdfg Dsgdsgsdg
   

 

Last Updated: