“Tickle an aromatherapist and get a fascist,” April (Patricia Clarkson)
What is the point of this movie? There is the definite whiff of inanity emanating. It feels like ages since director Sally Potter made something of note - perhaps YES from 2004? One must not be too harsh, as she constantly tries to push herself and the cinema form. THE PARTY though has the vibe of a rushed first draft. The title refers to a party of the dinner and political variety, and ham-fists the former and delivers little of substance to the latter – all the more disappointing in our turbulent times. Why make the runtime just 71 minutes?
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