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The Party - Director's Notes

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Director's Notes

I wrote this film as an attempt to investigate loneliness and self-delusion.
Here is a character, Laurence, who outwardly seems like a normal person.
He is attractive, well-spoken, obviously has enough money to own a home, and
yet, he ends up alone on his birthday. There is no obvious reason why he
should have no friends. So it is up to the audience to try to figure out
why. The only person to call him on his birthday is his mother. Is
Laurence socially inept? Why does he throw himself a birthday party? Did
he send out invitations to other people? Does he really expect them to come
or is he fooling himself?

What I consider the pivotal two moments are two shots that David Beck
(Laurence) really made work. The first is the glint of a smile you see on
his face when he finishes wrapping the gift. The second is his reaction
upon entering the house. In both instances, David shows the unfounded hope
that Laurence continues to carry with him. For some reason, Laurence
expects that things will work out, even though he has no earthly reason to
believe so. Only at the end of the film, when he is alone, does Laurence
actually acknowledge the cognitive dissonance that has plagued his

Laurence tries to make everything perfect for his birthday,
but he misses the most important thing — other people.
Is this a life-changing event? Will Laurence give up on life or will this
event maybe spur him to change his life in a positive direction? I wanted
to leave all these questions open for the audience's interpretation.

—Mark Killian, director