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Carnage (2002) More at IMDbPro »Carnages (original title)

Carnage -- After a bull dies in an arena, its remains are transported throughout Belgium, France, and Spain, where various characters cross its path.


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After a bull dies in an arena, its remains are transported throughout Belgium, France, and Spain, where various characters cross its path. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Chiara Mastroianni ... Carlotta

Ángela Molina ... Alicia
Lio ... Betty
Lucia Sanchez ... Jeanne
Esther Gorintin ... Rosie
Maryline Even ... Lucie

Clovis Cornillac ... Alexis

Jacques Gamblin ... Jacques

Féodor Atkine ... Paco
Bernard Sens ... Luc
Pascal Bongard ... Henri
Raphaëlle Molinier ... Winnie
Julien Lescarret ... Victor
Juliette Noureddine ... Monica
Luc Delhumeau ... The Deaf Man
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Directed by
Delphine Gleize 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Delphine Gleize 

Produced by
Antonio Bazaga .... associate producer
Bénédicte Couvreur .... associate producer
Denis Delcampe .... associate producer
Jérôme Dopffer .... producer
Original Music by
Éric Neveux 
Labo Orchestra 
Cinematography by
Crystel Fournier 
Film Editing by
François Quiqueré 
Casting by
Antoinette Boulat 
Stéphane Touitou 
Production Design by
André Fonsny 
Set Decoration by
Thierry Van Cappellen  (as Thierry Van Cappelen)
Costume Design by
Marielle Robaut 
Makeup Department
Christine Lambert .... key hair stylist
Lisa Schonker .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Olivier Michel .... unit production manager
Olivier 'Jones' Michel .... unit production manager
Bruno Nizzola .... assistant unit manager
Philippe Rey .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Fabrice Barnier .... second assistant director
Olivier Genet .... first assistant director
Laurent Lemarchand .... second assistant director
Céline Savoldelli .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Françoise Joset .... props
Patrice Velut .... property master
Sound Department
Pierre André .... sound mixer
Christophe Bourreau .... foley artist
Marc Doisne .... adr engineer
Marc Doisne .... foley engineer
Marc Doisne .... sound recordist
Ludovic Escallier .... boom operator
Gabriel Hafner .... sound re-recording mixer
François Musy .... sound re-recording mixer
Visual Effects by
Nabila Daniault .... digital grader
Camera and Electrical Department
Céline Bozon .... assistant camera
Cyril Colmant .... grip
Emile Dubuisson .... first assistant camera: second unit
Christophe Galvan .... gaffer
Stephan Massis .... director of photography: additional photography
Richard Mercier .... Steadicam operator
David Padilla .... grip
Jacques Parmentier .... key grip
Charlotte Poye .... electrician
Javier Ruiz Gomez .... second assistant camera
Olivier Sargatal .... electrician
Editorial Department
Christophe Bousquet .... color timer
Other crew
Roselyne Bellec .... script supervisor
Jean Vintrou .... production administrator
Víctor Fandiño .... thanks: production team

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Carnages" - France (original title)
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130 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Brazil:16 | France:U | Italy:VM14 | Switzerland:14 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:14 (canton of Vaud) | UK:15 | USA:Unrated
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6 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Some loved this picture, some hated it. I hated it., 16 September 2003
Author: max von meyerling from New York


CARNAGE is a bad film made by an untalented director. Still some people strongly liked this film. It was very controversial when shown in Cannes.

Viewers either loved it or hated it. I hated it.

Carnages begins with a toreador getting dressed (etc.). Instant Chekhov- if you show a toreador getting dressed then you will see him, sooner or later, getting gored and carried out of the arena feet first. This time it was very much sooner.

Different story- a schoolteacher in Lille is worried because one of her students, a 5 year old girl, draws pictures in which the animals are bigger than the people. Teacher flies off to be with her parents in Spain. The little girl is subject to epileptic seizures and lives with a giant Great Dane. She is watching a bull fight on television when she sees the toreador being gored and carried out of the ring. The teacher arrives and is met at the airport by her mother who drives her home, partially following the truck bearing the bull's carcass.

The bull is cut up with the eyes going to a hospital researcher in Brussels. He finds that the bull was blind in one eye and brings the eyes home with him. His wife is very pregnant.

An Italian actress who has been been auditioning and working at small jobs in Lille attends sensitivity classes which take place in the nude in a municipal swimming pool featuring people you wouldn't want to see naked except the actress, who is played by Chiaria Mastroianni, who, having been born really, really rich, doesn't have to show her breasts in movies. She gets a job, in costume, at the local hypermarche selling meat from Spain. She sells a huge bone marked Romeo (the name of the recently deceased bull) to the family with the epileptic daughter and the Great Dane. While loading their car their shopping cart goes astray and hits the actress's wreck of a car. This is witnessed by a suicidal ice skater/philosopher who waits until the actress comes out of the shop to tell her he saw who did it. He knows their name and address from a bottle of Valium left at the scene.

The actress and the ice skater confront the family just as they give the bone to the dog which goes into immediate convulsions and dies. Meanwhile the researcher with the pregnant wife for some reason agrees to look after a neighbors bratty kid. Soon he is in the fridge playing with the bulls eyes. The researcher catches him at it and retrieves one from under the sofa where it has rolled. There he finds his wife's ultra sound which he discovers has five fetuses visible. (This is actually getting tiring just to recount.)

There is also a taxidermist (!) who lives closely with his retarded mother (!!) in a trailer. Really they are even closer than the limited space of the trailer would normally allow. She gives him a pair of bull horns (Romeo again) for his birthday which he loves. They go around selling his handiwork beside the road and at flea markets. A deaf mute man wants to buy the horns but he promised his mother that he won't sell them. Eventually, using information given him by his mother, he determines that the deaf mute must be his father. He goes to see the old man and accidentally gores himself while hugging his father. He returns home to find his mother dead and rabbits and white doves streaming out of the trailer.

Meanwhile the teacher has returned from Spain with her mother and they go out to a restaurant where the mother is served a dish made from the bull (Toro in red wine sauce) that should have gone to another patron. The other man comes over to the table and discovers that he once knew the mother but calls her by a different name. She tells him he is mistaken. The women leave the restaurant where she suddenly steps in front of a van and is struck and killed. She is taken to a hospital where her liver is donated to the dying matador. The father comes to the hospital and tells his daughter that her mother did go by another name but changed it after murdering her best friend/female lover. The researcher's wife has to be carried out of their walk up apartment by pizza delivery guys and has five babies in the hospital. The actress and the ice skater attend nude sensitivity classes classes together and work up an ice skating act. The matador gets the liver and survives and his nurse has a baby in her womb which already likes him. I forgot what happens next. If this is your idea of a movie then be my guest. Instead of mentioning how it was done, how it was played, how it was shot, I'll just leave the plot lying around here because it expresses completely what's wrong with this film. Some people might read this and think 'that sounds interesting' and go see the film. Go in good health I say. Mind you though, it's quintuplets. Five. An overbearing retarded mother and a deaf mute father. A liver transplant and a murderous lesbian secret past. Fat naked people in a swimming pool doing sensitivity exercises while a snooty actress plays coy. A dead Great Dane. An epileptic five year old. And five babies. Some people loved it. It won awards.

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