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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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Rated R for language
80 min
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French visa # 127909 delivered on 22-9-2011.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: At the beginning of the film, just before Alan and Nancy try to leave for the second time, there is a camera visible in the mirror.See more »
Nancy Cowan:I've got a John Wayne idea of manhood, too. What is it he had? A Colt .45. Something that empties a room. Any man that doesn't have those loner vibes just doesn't come off as having any substance.See more »
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28 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
An interesting film, but I expected more from it, 21 April 2012
Author: Argemaluco from Argentina

Roman Polanski, along with other audacious directors such as Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola, was part of the "new school" which changed the face of commercial cinema during the '70s, leaving behind the retrograde moralist and edifying schemes the industry had been dragging from the '50s, when the famous Hays Code severely censored the "indecency" in cinema. However, at the difference of Coppola and Scorsese, Polanski seems to have improved with the age (leaving aside the misstep he had with Oliver Twist), because even though some of his classic films keep undeniably being very interesting (The Tenant, The Fearless Vampire Killers), I think his modern films offer a wider spectrum of artistic and narrative attributes. In other words, I think Polanski is living his best creative period, as it has been proved by the films The Ninth Gate, The Pianist and The Ghost Writer. That's the reason why I was very interested in watching Carnage, his most recent film; however, even though it ended up being an interesting experience, I didn't find it very memorable, and it's definitely very far from being among Polanski's best films.

Even if it hadn't been mentioned during the initial credits, the fact that Carnage is based on a play would have been obvious. With the exception of the prologue and the epilogue, the whole film is developed in only one location, and it basically relies on the dialogs and the performances. On some way, Carnage is a filmed play, and as a consequence, it's difficult to appreciate Polanski's hand; but anyway...even without his characteristic atmosphere and visual style, the film is entertaining despite feeling a bit affected and pretentious. In this kind of minimalistic stories, we frequently see the structural simplicity compensated by over the top drama, because instead of looking for a visual deployment, the focus is on the evolution (or "de-evolution") of the characters, something which was exactly the point of Carnage. The result in here is competent, even though I occasionally found it superficial and not very credible. The conflict between the two couples begins on a realistic way, but its staggering is too quick and obviously designed to make a contrast between their moral values. And when the ending came, I felt the fact that too many things were left up in the air.

However, I can't deny that the performances from Carnage are magnificent. Jodie Foster and John C. Reilly are absolutely perfect as the liberal and progressive middle-aged couple, so "politically correct" that they run the risk of becoming caricatures. Meanwhile, Kate Winslet and Christoph Waltz are brilliant as a wealthy, but accessible and casual couple.

Even though it didn't leave me completely satisfied, I can bring a moderate recommendation to Carnage as a competent film with excellent performances and an interesting story.

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