The Party's Just Beginning (2018) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Party's Just Beginning (2018)



Critic Consensus: The Party's Just Beginning takes a bravely unorthodox dive into difficult themes -- and proves writer, director, and star Karen Gillan is a filmmaker to be reckoned with.

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The film begins with the life of Liusaidh (Karen Gillan), a young Scottish woman living with her parents in the Scottish Highlands. After a recent tragedy, her behavior is reckless, drunken, and often results in brief, casual liaisons. One such fling with a visitor to the town (Lee Pace) results in several other chance occurrences and in turn, begins the tale of three interwoven and still separate life narratives. Written, directed by, and starring Karen Gillan.

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Karen Gillan
as Liusaidh
Matthew Beard
as Alistair
Paul Higgins
as Liusaidh's Dad
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Critic Reviews for The Party's Just Beginning

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (7)

A strikingly odd and original debut that is admirable for taking the triple-threat of suicide, depression and addiction in its nonchalant stride, although the confusing presentation of separate timelines mutes the overall impact.

December 2, 2019 | Rating: 3/5

I can't help thinking Gillan's superpower as a writer and performer might actually be comedy. Still, always a compelling screen presence, she's now a film-maker to watch.

November 28, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
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Gillan plays her messy, mournful role with unfussy integrity.

December 6, 2018 | Full Review…

The movie's sneaky theme is anonymity as our 21st century cure-all for the burden of knowing too much and yet wondering if we really know anyone at all.

December 4, 2018 | Full Review…

There's a real power to the filmmaking here; Gillan is, clearly, a force to be reckoned with.

May 2, 2018 | Full Review…

The movie is wispy and meandering; it doesn't gather power as it goes along.

April 27, 2018 | Full Review…

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