In UK director Sally Potter’s brisk 71-minuter, a group of friends gather at the house of the hostess, Janet, a high-ranking politician (Kristin Scott Thomas), to celebrate her elevation to the position of shadow health spokeswoman.

Sally Potter’s  The Party

Like each of the filmmaker’s previous titles, including Orlandoand The Tango Lesson, the film represents an unexpected sideways leap of style (her auteur signature, so to speak, is not...

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