The Party (2017)
First screened in June 2018
Director: Sally Potter. Cast: Kristin Scott Thomas, Patricia Clarkson, Timothy Spall, Cillian Murphy, Cherry Jones, Bruno Ganz, Emily Mortimer. Screenplay: Sally Potter. Twitter Capsule:
Stabs at humor, pathos, politics, satire all blunted by smug insincerity. Ill-shot. Actors mostly caricature themselves.
Scott Thomas somehow acquits herself even in these thin, dismal surroundings. Clarkson's readings of her fussy lines all feel over-familiar.
Mysteriously pleased with itself. Potter has reaped praise for stripping things down and loosening up, but I see a onetime empress with no clothes.