Kristin Scott Thomas stars in The Party as Janet
Rising Westminster star Janet (Kristin Scott Thomas) has just been appointed shadow health minister and has invited a few friends round to celebrate.
But her big news is eclipsed by a series of bombshells as the mood turns nasty and the guests turn on each other.
Shot in black and white, The Party feels highly theatrical and mannered but it is also gleefully funny and performed with relish by a starry cast.
Patricia Clarkson’s April drips venom with every bitchy comment while Bruno Ganz is a delight as her laidback life coach partner Gottfried.
Feminist academic Martha (Cherry Jones) may not be as principled as she seems, which is a problem for her pregnant partner Jinny (Emily Mortimer).
Drug-snorting married friend Tom (Cillian Murphy) is running around like a trapped animal and Janet’s husband Bill (Timothy Spall) seems to have retreated into his own little world.
A posh, vicious Abigail’s Party which, like the best guests, doesn’t outstay its welcome.