The Party (15)

Sally Potter | UK | 2017 | 71’

This new Brexit-era film from Sally Potter (Orlando) features a top flight cast that includes Cillian Murphy, Timothy Spall, Patricia Clarkson and Kristin Scott Thomas in a curt, nasty and deftly acted chamber piece high on comedy and savagery about frustrated idealism and how little it takes to make society fall to pieces. Janet, who has just been appointed Shadow Health Minister, receives a half-dozen guests to celebrate over dinner. What follows is old-fashioned funny entertainment, satisfyingly delivered, observant and smart, with some big laughs in the dialogue. The whole thing is enjoyably absurd.

£7.50 (£5.70)