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Carnage -- CARNAGE is a razor-sharp, biting comedy centered on parental differences.  After two boys duke it out on a playground, the parents of the "victim" invite the parents of the "bully" over to work out their issues. A polite discussion of childrearing soon escalates into verbal warfare, with all four parents revealing their true colors. None of them will escape the carnage.
Carnage -- Two sets of parents hold what's meant to be a cordial meeting after their sons get into an altercation.
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Carnage -- Two sets of parents hold what's meant to be a cordial meeting after their sons get into a fight.


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A new comedy of no manners.
Two pairs of parents hold a cordial meeting after their sons are involved in a fight, though as their time together progresses, increasingly childish behavior throws the discussion into chaos. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Jodie Foster ... Penelope Longstreet

Kate Winslet ... Nancy Cowan

Christoph Waltz ... Alan Cowan

John C. Reilly ... Michael Longstreet
Elvis Polanski ... Zachary Cowan
Eliot Berger ... Ethan Longstreet
Joseph Rezwin ... Walter (Telephone Voice) (voice) (as Joe Rezwin)
Nathan Rippy ... Dennis (Telephone Voice) (voice)
Tanya Lopert ... Michael's Mother (Telephone Voice) (voice)

Julie Adams ... Secretary (Telephone Voice) (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lexie Kendrick ... Jogger (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Roman Polanski 
Writing credits
Yasmina Reza (play "Le Dieu du carnage")

Yasmina Reza (screenplay) &
Roman Polanski (screenplay)

Michael Katims  translation

Produced by
Saïd Ben Saïd .... producer
Oliver Berben .... co-producer
Frederic Blum .... line producer
Marisa Fernández Armenteros .... associate producer: Versatil Cinema (as Marisa Fdez. Armenteros)
Eva Garrido .... associate producer: Versatil Cinema
Martin Moszkowicz .... co-producer
Javier Méndez .... executive producer: Versatil Cinema
Piotr Reisch .... co-producer
Jaume Roures .... co-producer
Original Music by
Alexandre Desplat 
Cinematography by
Pawel Edelman (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Hervé de Luze  (as Herve de Luze)
Casting by
Fiona Weir 
Production Design by
Dean Tavoularis 
Art Direction by
Jean-Michel Ducourty 
Set Decoration by
Franckie Diago  (as Frankie Diago)
Costume Design by
Milena Canonero 
Makeup Department
Laurent Bozzi .... hair stylist: Miss Foster
Laurent Bozzi .... makeup artist: Miss Foster
Elisa Costa .... makeup artist
Jean-Max Guérin .... hair stylist (as Jean-Max Guerin)
Anais Lavergne .... makeup artist
Didier Lavergne .... key makeup artist
Jean-Luc Russier .... hair stylist: Miss Foster
Jean-Luc Russier .... makeup artist: Miss Foster
Production Management
Frédéric Blum .... production manager
Abraham Goldblat .... post-production supervisor: I Mdiate Post Productions
Vincent Lefeuvre .... unit manager
Laurent Perrot .... assistant unit manager
Christine Rothe .... head of production: Constantin Film
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mareike Engelhardt .... third assistant director
Elodie Gay .... second assistant director: location scout
Sophie Le Guénédal .... third assistant director (as Sophie Le Guenedal)
Ralph Remstedt .... first assistant director
Caroline Veyssière .... second assistant director
Art Department
Patrick Boucher .... locksmith
Florent Coulbouée .... carpenter (as Florent Coulbouee)
Camille Couzinet .... carpenter
Olivier Crespin .... property master
Francine Crolbois .... draper
Jerome De Poortere .... carpenter
Jean-Pierre Delettre .... key carpenter
Valerie Delis .... graphic designer
Olivier Delpy .... carpenter
Agnes Demaegot .... carpenter
Séverine Depye .... draper (as Severine Depye)
Christophe Deyris .... carpenter
Thierry Doerflinger .... plasterer
Marc Fourquin .... carpenter
Jacques Fresnel .... painter
Stéphane Ginet .... set buyer (as Stephane Ginet)
Adrien Giraux .... set dresser
Mathieu Guy .... set buyer
Yvan Hart .... head plasterer
Julien Joanny .... assistant set dresser
Jacques Kazandian .... head draper (as Jacques Kazandjian)
Stéphane Le Lièvre .... decorator painter (as Stephane Le Lievre)
Nicolas Leost .... construction trainee
Benedicte Lepere .... art department trainee (as Benedicte Lepère)
Genevieve Leyh .... painter
Frédéric Léotard .... painter (as Frederic Leotard)
Christelle Maisonneuve .... assistant set decorator
Philippe Margottin .... set dresser
Denis Misura .... carpenter
Franck Morel .... painter
David Nouyrit .... key painter
Jerzy Nowak .... painter
Francois Poublan .... assistant property master (as Fran¸ois Poublan)
Fabien Raymondaud .... swing gang
Anatol Rotman .... art department trainee
François Scala .... carpenter
Martina Seeber .... painter
Bianca Shannon .... set buyer
Christophe Simonotti .... carpenter
Didier Tardivel .... painter
Bertrand Terreyre .... carpenter
Martinus Van Lunen .... construction manager
Matthieu Van Lunen .... head locksmith (as Mathieu Van Lunen)
Jean-Claude Waeyaert .... carpenter
Roméo Zinzen .... construction props
Phillis Lehmer .... graphics (uncredited)
Sound Department
Hortense Bailly .... assistant dialogue editor: sound
Jean-Marie Blondel .... sound mixer
Mélanie Blouin .... foley editor
Katia Boutin .... dialogue editor
Roberto Cappannelli .... sound re-recording mixer
Guillaume D'Ham .... assistant sound editor
Jacques Defrance .... foley artist assistant
Thomas Desjonquères .... sound editor
Philippe Dongé .... sound assistant (as Philippe Donge)
Dean Humphreys .... sound re-recording mixer
Didier Lesage .... foley recordist
Stephane Lioret .... boom operator
Elizabeth Nebout-Mevel .... executive director: Auditoriums De Boulogne
Niels .... dialogue editor
Theotime Pardon .... second boom operator
Philippe Penot .... foley artist
Dominique Poujouly .... booking manager: Auditoriums De Boulogne
Simon Poupard .... sound assistant
Dominique Toussaint .... optical sound transfer: Cine Stereo
Sabrina Felgueiras .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Michel Monier .... sound consultant: dolby (uncredited)
Chris Navarro .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Florian Penot .... assistant foley artist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Georges Demétrau .... special effects (as George Demetreau)
Alexis Kinebanyan .... special effects
Bruno Lefebvre .... special effects technician
François Philippi .... special effects supervisor
Visual Effects by
Hugo Arcier .... 3d digital artist: def2shoot
Jerome Binckly .... 2d digital artist: def2shoot
Stéphane Bonnet .... technical supervisor: def2shoot (as Stephane Bonnot)
Vincent Carré .... 3d digital artist: def2shoot (as Vincent Carre)
Claude Chabot .... 3d digital artist: def2shoot
Anthony Charbonnier .... 2d digital artist: def2shoot
Matthieu Chatelier .... 2d digital artist: def2shoot
Nicolas Coppolani .... 3d digital artist: def2shoot
Olivier Debert .... 2d digital artist: def2shoot
Emmanuel Denis .... 3d digital artist: def2shoot
Simon Descamps .... in and out: def2shoot
Alicia Etourneau .... 3d digital artist: def2shoot
Fabien Guiliani .... 3d supervisor: def2shoot
Alexandre Gény .... 2d digital artist: def2shoot (as Alexandre Geny)
Jérémy Justice .... 2d digital artist: def2shoot (as Jeremy Justice)
Nicolas Kermel .... 2d digital artist: def2shoot
Marc Latil .... 2d digital artist: def2shoot
Emilien Lazaron .... visual effects editor
Nicolas Leblanc .... 3d digital artist: def2shoot
Dominique Leconte .... 2d digital artist: def2shoot
Thibault Martegani .... 2d digital artist: def2shoot
Frederic Moreau .... visual effects designer: def2shoot
Sarah Moreau .... visual effects producer: def2shoot (as Sarah Moreau-Flament)
Olivier Osotimehin .... 3d digital artist: def2shoot
Florence Pernet .... 2d digital artist: def2shoot
Fred Roz .... titles: def2shoot
Mikael Tanguy .... visual effects supervisor: def2shoot
Jean-Francois Theault .... 2d digital artist: def2shoot
Anne-Laure To .... 2d digital artist: def2shoot (as Anne Laure To)
Olivier Veau .... 2d digital artist: def2shoot
Nicolas Zborowska .... 3d digital artist: def2shoot
Philippe Zozor .... 2d digital artist: def2shoot
Aurélien Grand .... retouch and restoration (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Brice Bailly .... electrician
Jérôme Baudouin .... electrician (as Jérôme Baudoin)
Pascal Delaunay .... grip
Guy Ferrandis .... still photographer
Jan Gagnaire .... grip
Antonin Gendre .... key grip
Cédric Guerby .... electrician (as Cedric Guerby)
Zbigniew Gustowski .... focus puller: "c" camera
Marie Lafont .... video assist operator
Kevin Laot .... camera assistant
Benjamin Lefèbvre .... electrician (as Benjamin Lefebvre)
Mikael Monod .... gaffer (as Michael Monod)
Marcus Pohlus .... steadicam operator
Jeremiasz Prokopowicz .... camera operator (as Jeremi Prokopowicz)
Julien Coquillet .... grip (uncredited)
Karine Feuillard .... additional second assistant camera (uncredited)
Pierre-Hugues Galien .... additional cinematographer (uncredited)
Jonathan Ly .... additional grip (uncredited)
Giovanni Quéné .... grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Geneviève Acien .... additional casting
Valerie Espagne .... additional casting
Ruth Key .... casting assistant (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Patricia Colin .... costume supervisor
Judith de Luze .... wardrobe mistress
Olivier Ligen .... costume designer assistant
Nathalie Paillon .... seamstress
Editorial Department
Barbara Albucher .... post-production digital grader: Duboi (as Barbara Albucher Serci)
François Aubé .... post-production: L.T.C. (as Francois Aube)
Christophe Belena .... post-production digital grader: Duboi
Lionel Cassan .... first assistant editor
Christian Dutac .... grader: L.T.C.
Grégory Gosse .... post-production digital grader: Duboi (as Gregory Gosse)
Varujan Gumusel .... post-production: L.T.C.
Claudia Leinert .... post-production manager: Germany, KOnstantin Film
Loriane Lucas .... post-production coordinator
Loriane Lucas .... post-production digital grader: Duboi
Eric Martin .... post-production digital grader: Duboi
Fabien Napoli .... dailies grader: Scanlab
Fabien Pascal .... digital color grader: Duboi
Josef Reidinger .... post-production distribution: Constantin Film
Grégory Sapojnikoff .... post-production manager: Scanlab (as Gregory Sapojnikoff)
Arnaud Caréo .... on-line editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Philippe Aiche .... orchestra leader
Jean-Pascal Beintus .... orchestrator
Christopher Briquet .... music contractor (as Christophe Briquet)
Isabelle Degremont .... music supervision assistant: Explosante Fixe
Alexandre Desplat .... conductor
Alexandre Desplat .... orchestrator
Andrew Dudman .... music mixer: Paris, Studios Guillaume Tell
Andrew Dudman .... music recordist: Paris, Studios Guillaume Tell
Xavier Forcioli .... music programmer
Bruno Le Roux .... musician: guitar
Solrey Lemonnier .... score producer (as Solre Lemonnier)
Elise Luguern .... music supervisor: Explosante Fixe
Michel Moragues .... musician: flute leader
Lewis Morison .... music programmer
Suzana Peric .... music editor
Adrien Perruchon .... musician: percussions
François Pinel .... musician: piano
Marc Trenel .... musician: bassoon
Norbert Vergonjeanne .... music preparation (as Norbert Vergonjanne)
Cathialine Zorzi .... music contractor assistant
Transportation Department
Paul Bonfiglio .... driver: cast
Herve Charbonnier .... driver
Morgan Cluette .... driver (as Morgan Cluett)
Rose Cool .... driver: trailer
Lionel Desbrosses .... driver
Clément Ducourty .... driver
Denis Duncas .... driver: trailer
Philippe Gallet .... driver: cast
Kevin Mayer .... driver: trailer
Pauline Pésery .... driver (as Pauline Pesery)
Patrick Sesti .... driver: trailer
Olivier Suffert .... driver: cast (as Olivier 'Tintin' Suffert)
Trystram Sylvain .... driver: cast
Other crew
Aissa Abou-Elhassane .... accountants assistant
Malgosia Abramowska .... set assistant: Roman Polanski
Felicitas Achelis .... legal and business affairs: Constantin Film
Julie Adams .... dialect coach: Christoph Waltz
Carme Anglada .... press department: Versatil Cinema
Ana Antunes .... assistant production coordinator
Emma Baksi .... assistant: Jodie Foster
Candice Barrada .... craft service: Macadam Miam
Manuel Barrionuevo .... accounting department: Versatil Cinema
Regine Baschny .... press agent: Germany, Just Publicity, Constantin Film
Sylvette Baudrot .... script supervisor
Joel Behr .... legal: Behr & Abramson and Intervista
Stephane Beissy .... production accountant
Meike Bockelmann .... coordinator: Constantin Film
Laurent Bouzereau .... director: making of
Olga Alvariño Cerro .... assistant: Constantin Film (as Olga Alvariño)
Emilie Chave .... craft service: Macadam Miam
Kevin Chneiweiss .... assistant to producer: SBS productions
Isabelle Dassonville .... assistant: Roman Polanski
Emma Davie .... unit publicist
Ivan De Labbey .... assistant to producer: SBS Productions
Wiebke Döhla .... publicity: Constantin Film
Hélène Fabre .... production runner (as Helène Fabre)
Laurent Fenestre .... web designer
Helena Fernández Pérez .... legal services: Versatil Cinema (as Helena Fernandez Perez)
Jean-Patrick Flande .... product placement: Film Media Consultant
Heike Forster .... accountant: Constantin Film
Johanna Fuchs .... assistant: Constantin Film
Laurence Garcia .... accountant: SBS Productions
Inés Gete .... legal services: Versatil Cinema (as Ines Gete)
David Godino .... chief financial officer: Versatil Cinema
Anna Gonzálvez Ortuño .... press department: Versatil Cinema (as Anna Gonzalvez)
Gilles Goutal .... caterer: Cine Resto
Katja Graf .... animal wrangler: Fauna & Films
Alex Grden .... production unit assistant
Frédéric Guy .... legal: Behr & Abramson and Intervista
Susan Hegarty .... dialect coach: Kate Winslet
Anne-Sophie Henry-Cavillon .... assistant production coordinator
Undine Holz .... assistant: Oliver Berben, Constantin Film
Stephan Imparto .... stand-in
Torsten Koch .... general manager marketing and distribution: Constantin Film
Hannah Kohtz .... chief accountant: Constantin Film (as Hanna Kohtz)
Oliver Koppert .... general manager sales and distribution: Constantin Film
Laurent Lambert .... set assistant: Kate Winslet
Maxime Lecluyse .... stand-in
Clémentine Lepecq .... assistant to producer: SBS Productions (as Clementine Lepceq)
Jennifer Levy .... legal: Behr & Abramson and Intervista
Carrie Lukasiewicz .... assistant: Kate Winslet
Yasmina Majid .... coordinator: Constantin Film
Annegret Michel .... assistant: Torsten Koch, Conctantin Film
Maud Mischi .... legal: SBS Productions
Axel Moine .... dailies runner
Agnieszka Odorowicz .... general director: Poish Film Institute
Friederich Oetker .... creative affairs assistant: Constantin Film
Agathe Ossard .... craft service: Macadam Miam
Tim Pedegana .... production services: Los Angeles and New York
Christelle Philippe .... stand-in
Sandra Puig .... business affairs: Versatil Cinema
Myriam Rak .... clearances
Mariana Ramlow .... assistant: Constantin Film
Antoine Richy .... production unit assistant
Marc Romy .... accounting department: Versatil Cinema
Julio Rubio .... press department: Versatil Cinema (as Julia Rubio)
Yaiza Ráez .... production assistant: Versatil Cinema
Raquel San Segundo Riesco .... legal services: Versatil Cinema
Desiree Schildt .... assistant: Martin Moszkaowicz, Constantin Film
Pamela Schuster .... assistant: Torsten Koch, Conctantin Film
Katrin Sepmeier .... assistant: Oliver Berben, Constantin Film
Elena Sota .... legal services: Versatil Cinema (as Elena Sota Garcia)
Karolin Stetter .... assistant: Constantin Film
Géraldine Sérafini .... production coordinator (as Geraldine Serafini)
Franz Trosthammer .... executive assistant to board: Constantin Film
Karine Ventalon .... stand-in
Meritxell Ventanilla .... business affairs: Versatil Cinema
Martin Veyssiere .... production runner
Jean-Pierre Vincent .... publicist
Daniela Von Keyserlingk .... assistant: Christine Rothe, Constantin Film
Christian von Tippelskirch .... production services: New York, CVT Productions
Marc-Emmanuel Vuaillat .... legal services: Intervista
Pierre-Axel Vuillaume-Prézeau .... production runner (as Pierre-Axel Vuillaume-Prezeau)
Katja Wirz .... head of publicity: Constantin Film
Gero Worstbrock .... legal and business affairs: Constantin Film
Anna Zenowicz .... script supervisor
Emilie Chave .... cook: clafoutis maker (uncredited)
Anna Gonzálvez Ortuño .... press (uncredited)
Melody Korenbrot .... publicist: Block Korenbrot (uncredited)
Jennifer Malone .... publicist: Block Korenbrot (uncredited)
Daniel Pollack .... location scout (uncredited)
Dani Weinstein .... publicist: IDPR (uncredited)

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9 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
A delightful stroll through the brutality of verbal carnage, 22 March 2012
Author: Steve Pulaski from United States

Roman Polanski's Carnage is without a shadow of a doubt the best black comedy I've seen since Bobcat Goldthwait's World's Greatest Dad. It's thin, but beyond commendable as it depicts two couples discussing the aftermath of what happened between their two children in an extravagant, beautiful Brooklyn (cough, cough Paris) condo.

The victim here is Ethan (both boys only appear at the very beginning and the very end), who was hit in the mouth with a stick, removing his two front teeth by another kid his age. His parents are salesman Michael (Reilly) and writer Penelope Longstreet (Foster) who are holding the meeting. The boy who was wielding the stick was Zachary, whose parents are loquacious Alan (Waltz) and nit-picky and openly insulting Nancy Cowan (Winslet). At first, the talk is presumed to be only a short meeting between two parents, both equally in stressful situations. It quickly transfers from a genial encounter to an almost blatant attack on the couples' separate ways of parenting. The Longstreet couple is more attached to the path of calmness and politically correctness, while the Cowan couple is more blunt, dictative, and downright nihilistic.

The performances are electric, with every actor giving their all to make the material work. At only seventy-nine minutes long and gridlocked into one standard setting, the slick writing manages to squeeze out humor, compassion, passive-aggressive behavior, and provide a social commentary on modern parenting all in one quick rapid-fire excursion.

Despite all the personal attacks that come into play later in the film, neither couple seems like the villain. It shows what pressure, a smothering setting, and a real problem involving their kids can do to people. Parenting is arguable one of the most challenging, yet rewarding experiences life brings many of us. It can only be further complicated when a confrontation between another child is brought into the picture. The film never becomes pictorial, and depicts the stress in a relaxed way that doesn't become dry or unbearable.

The film is based on a stage play, titled God of Carnage, which is really no surprise. The film plays like one big monologue, shot practically in real-time. If Hollywood got a hold of this formula, I could see a very, very bleak turnout. It would most likely focus more on the humor, making it too arrant, while oppressively hammering in one liners like a one-track, dull comedy. Here, we are more focused on timing, wit, style, and don't forget the development and substance. The care and attention needed to perfect an idea like this is all here, full force. No exceptions, no cop outs - just unadulterated honesty.

I mentioned in my review of The Myth of the American Sleepover that awkward silences and pauses were becoming too common in independent films. Silence, not in the sense of pacing or development, but a droning quietness between dialog that made films feel like a giant hole was cut in the screenplay. The characters in Carnage are quick on their comebacks and timing, making for a very interesting play-by-play. You want to yell your comments and remarks at the screen, but feel you'll disrupt the casual, sophisticated flow of the script.

Carnage is simply a masterful piece by a well-respected director. This is my introduction to Polanski's work, and probably my strongest welcoming to a director's vision next to Scorsese's Casino and Kevin Smith's Clerks. I recently mentioned in my review of Harry and Tonto that the greatest trait a film can possess is the trait of humanism, where the characters seem real, well thought out, and developed unconditionally. Carnage understands that trait inside and out. It could also very well be a comedy with more bad laughs than natural ones, including an ending that reigns truer to anything I've seen in a while. Its commentary on child development and parenting is efficient, and its intellectual side is brittle, realistic, and calm. This is easily one of the funniest, darkest comedies of 2011.

Starring: John C. Reilly, Jodie Foster, Christoph Waltz, and Kate Winslet. Directed by: Roman Polanski.

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