Harper tries to overcome the loss by forging connections with others. She is the personal assistant to artist Kyle (Noah James), who is more than happy to be with Harper. Then there is Dusty (Michael J. Henderson), a stand-up comedian who searches for his place on the Internet, wandering down the street with a brick wall drapery tied to his back. The trinity will make an unlikely flock, but they have each other, and this is important.
The story shows Harper's attempt to distract himself from his father's death. For a moment, she finds a personal intimacy with love for one night and tries to fill the void and depression by either hanging out with Dusty and Kyle, or numbing her pain with a nice bottle of cheap wine.
"... Tries to fill emptiness and depression either by hanging ... or with a bottle of good cheap wine."
Director August essentially does with Harper, puts her in a terrarium and lets us watch and watch her self-destructive behavior. Fearing to exaggerate his intentions, Augustus goes for a trick. Rather than following the path of a Hollywood drama, Harper's story is much more grounded, as if it were you or me.
If there is a healthy way to deal with grief, it will be to bring the community or family together and overcome our shared pain. But in Harper's world, she is alone. Her mother is not around, and her friends are not close enough to know her father, and they do not understand what he meant to her. Therefore, she (and we) choose to suffer silently and deal with the loss in our own way.
"Party with me" is presented as a story from life. Harper simply exists in the indicated terrarium, and we observe and observe her behavior. While the plot may seem twisty, it never strays too far out of the way.
The style of play sits between script drama and completely improvised. On the one hand, no one gives the impression of acting (as in theatrical training), and on the other hand, no one jokes with improvisation or comes up with shit. The goal is to be real and credible, and for the most part, it works. At the same time, this style is not for everyone a "cup of tea". So, fair warning.
As Harper, Allison Flanagan does an amazing job of telling a story. She never overestimates the role, which would be easy to do as the role requires a lot of emotion at times, and she does a pretty good job with Harper's character arc. Robin August put enough information into his grief story to keep it out of The Sign. If I could make one request, as much as I liked the film's overall attempt at authenticity, I would like the drama to move a little further, and the actions of Harper and friends to get a little out of my comfort zone. Still, Party with Me is a good story.