- 13 Oct 17
Witting drawing room drama acts as sharp social satire.
Janet is having a good day. She’s just been appointed as Health Minister, she has a brilliant academic husband, a secret lover who is texting her, and all her friends are coming for dinner to celebrate her success.
What unfolds is not the refined soiree she has in mind.Sally Potter’s film combines the old-fashioned charm of theatrical drawing room comedy with the biting wit of a modern social satire. Kristin Scott Thomas stars as Janet, the person responsible for assembling a motley crew of eccentrics in her home. There’s her caustic best friend April (Patricia Clarkson, wonderfully wicked) and her hippie guru boyfriend Gottfried (Bruno Ganz); lesbian couple Jinny and Martha (Emily Mortimer and a vicious Cherry Jones); slimy banker Tom (Cillian Murphy); and of course, Janet’s husband Bill (Timothy Spall).
The group’s contrasting world views and contentious histories are already simmering below the surface upon arrival, but when Bill makes a shocking announcement, it sets off a series of explosive revelations that just keep coming.