GenreComedy, Drama CinematographyRenato Berta CountryFrance
Release date5 October 1996 (1996-10-05) WriterManoel de Oliveira (scenario), Agustina Bessa-Luis (dialogue), Jacques Parsi (French translation) CastMichel Piccoli, Irene Papas, Leonor Silveira, Rogerio Samora Similar moviesRelated Manoel de Oliveira movies
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Party is a 1996 Portuguese-French comedy-drama film directed by Manoel de Oliveira. It was screened in competition at the 1996 Venice Film Festival.
This French language drama from Portuguese filmmaker Manoel de Oliveira takes an ironic look at the pretentiousness of international jet-setters while simultaneously examining an obsessive romantic relationship between an aging Lothario and a beautiful married woman. The tale begins at a garden party in a lovely villa in the Azores held by Rogerio and Leonor for handsome, middle-aged Michel and his mistress Irene, a noted Greek movie star. The guests aren't there long before an obvious attraction between Leonor and Michel prompts them to head for a private beach (their tryst, if there was one, occurs off-camera). Five years later, the foursome again meet for a garden party and once again they pair off after spending much time discussing gender differences, emotion, social insight and exchanging witty bon mots.