This was part of something I watched on UK television sometime in the 1980s. I can't remember if it's from a film or tv series.

There was an atomic war, however things seemed fairly normal afterwards but an absurdist society developed (I'm not too sure about this bit TBH)

Anyways, what I remember is several people meet up in a nicely decorated room, they all drop trou and sit around (on toilets) a table chatting and having pleasant conversations.

One excuses himself and leaves the room, he goes down a corridor into a tiled room and enters a cubicle. He bolts the door and then sits and eats a meal. Then washes his hands and returns to the party.

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I believe that this is an episode from Luis Buñuel's surrealistic comedy "Le Fantôme de la liberté" (The Phantom of Liberty).

From the plot description on Wikipedia we have:

The professor continues, using a dinner party at his friends' house to illustrate a point he is making. We then cut to the 'dinner' party which is being held in a modern bourgeois apartment.

The guests are seated around the table on flushing toilets. They politely discuss various issues around the topic of defecation whilst publicly using the toilets that they are sitting on. When a guest is hungry, he excuses himself and retires to the dining room, a private cubicle, to eat food.

A screenshot of the table discussion

That matches your recollection.

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    I knew I'd seen this one before... I just couldn't find where.
    – FuzzyBoots
    Commented Dec 22, 2022 at 12:49
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    I don't know where the post atomic war memory came from, I clearly got it conflated with something else. And I didn't remember it being in French!
    – Danny Mc G
    Commented Dec 22, 2022 at 14:44
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    Video for anyone interested youtube.com/watch?v=h1Mptgi23YE Commented Dec 22, 2022 at 18:44
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    @FuzzyBoots it was on Movies and TV a while ago. movies.stackexchange.com/questions/633/… Commented Dec 23, 2022 at 15:50
  • I love it. If I call the carpenter and plumber now, hopefully they'll have the renovation complete before Christmas dinner...
    – ashleedawg
    Commented Dec 25, 2022 at 13:51

This could be The Bed Sitting Room which is certainly an absurdist comedy in a post-nuclear holocaust environment. Details on IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0064074/reference/

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    Does it contain this scene?
    – Valorum
    Commented Dec 22, 2022 at 11:26
  • Offhand I don't recall. Just putting the suggestion out there.
    – GordonD
    Commented Dec 22, 2022 at 11:30

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