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Film / The Party (2017)

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The Party is a 2017 tragicomedy film directed by Sally Potter in which Janet (Kristin Scott Thomas) hosts a house party to celebrate her appointment as the Shadow Health Minister and drama ensues.

Provides examples of:

  • All Lesbians Want Kids: Played for Drama. Jinny is thrilled at the prospect of becoming a mum, but Martha is more ambivalent and worried about losing Jinny to their children.
  • Bitch Slap: Janet slaps Bill after learning he had an affair, later Tom slaps Bill too.
  • Butch Lesbian: Martha, who dresses and behaves more masculinely than her wife, Jinny.
  • CPR: Clean, Pretty, Reliable: After Tom's slap rendered Bill unconscious and apparently without pulse and Gottfried's "healing" didn't work, Janet manages to bring him back with barely half a minute of CPR.
  • The Cynic: April, as Janet straight up calls her. For example, when learning about Jinny's triplets, she would much rather laud Janet's new post, as children are born every day and there are already too many humans.
  • Deliberately Monochrome
  • The Idealist: As (cynic) April points out, Janet is an idealist who hopes to really make a change in politics.
  • In-Universe Soundtrack: A record player in Janet's and Bill's house delivers the sound track for the film in-universe.
  • Lipstick Lesbian: Jinny, who is dressed more femininely than her wife, Martha, and is pregnant with triplets.
  • Love Dodecahedron: As Janet learns, Bill betrays her with Marianne, Tom's wife, and also had a brief fling with Martha back in university. Also, Janet and Marianne, going from Janet's words in the last scene.
  • No Ending: Janet pulls a gun on Marianne, Tom's wife and it cuts to credits.
  • No Party Given: Although it's heavily implied that Janet is a Labour MP, the party name is never explicitly stated.
  • Sanity Slippage: Tom gets increasingly erratic as the film progresses, not helped by all the cocaine he's on.
  • Symbolically Broken Object: Near the beginning of the movie, a pane of glass in the window shatters, heralding that other things are soon to break.
  • Your Days Are Numbered: Bill's revelation that he is terminally ill and will die soon starts the plot.