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Carnage (2011)

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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.

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Roman Polanski

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Yasmina Reza (play), Yasmina Reza (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Jodie Foster ... Penelope Longstreet
Kate Winslet ... Nancy Cowan
Christoph Waltz ... Alan Cowan
John C. Reilly ... Michael Longstreet
Elvis Polanski Elvis Polanski ... Zachary Cowan
Eliot Berger Eliot Berger ... Ethan Longstreet
Joseph Rezwin Joseph Rezwin ... Walter (voice) (as Joe Rezwin)
Nathan Rippy ... Dennis (voice)
Tanya Lopert Tanya Lopert ... Michael's Mother (Telephone Voice) (voice)
Julie Adams ... Secretary (voice)
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In New York's Brooklyn Bridge park, eleven year old Zachary strikes his eleven year old classmate Ethan. The boy's parents learn of the fight and meet to deal with the incident. Although the meeting starts civilized, it quickly degenerates after an unfortunate incident, and soon, their meeting is not only about their boys' fight, but also the couple's fitness as parents, Written by Huggo

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Taglines:

A new comedy of no manners.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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France | Germany | Poland | Spain | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 November 2011 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

God of Carnage See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$79,795, 18 December 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,547,047, 3 May 2012

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$27,603,069, 3 May 2012
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2.35 : 1
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Nancy Cowan: [reaching for the scotch bottle] Let's get out of here, Alan. These people are monsters.
Alan Cowan: Stop it, Nancy.
Nancy Cowan: No, no, no. I want to drink some more. I- I wanna get drunk off my ass! This- this bitch throws my bag against the ceiling, nobody lifts a finger. I wanna be blind drunk.
Alan Cowan: You're drunk enough.
Nancy Cowan: How can you let her call our son a criminal? We come over here to work things out with them and they, they insult us, they browbeat us, they lecture us about being good citizens of the world! I am glad ...
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A breath of fresh air
29 April 2012 | by itamarscomixSee all my reviews

In the face of such classics as Chinatown and Rosemary's Baby it would be a hollow statement to label Carnage one of Roman Polanski's best films; it's shockingly minimalistic compared to the rest of his catalog, and almost anachronistic in its old fashioned filmmaking style and stripped-down production. Many were probably disappointed by the film purely because of Polanski's name; it might have been better received if it was directed by a young newcomer. Case in point: 12 Angry Men and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, directed by young newcomers Sidney Lumet and Mike Nichols, respectively. Both are still considered among the best each director achieved, but also as experimental debuts that would lead to bigger and more ambitious things. Obviously this is not the case with Carnage, which is a veteran director returning to his roots, to a minimalism not seen in his work since the 50's. And yet, it's so much better than any of the more ambitious films he made in recent years - The Ghost Writer, Oliver Twist, The Pianist and The Ninth Gate all having their merits, but none a real classic or any kind of a surprise.

Not to say that Carnage is as good as 12 Angry Men or Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, masterpieces of minimalism and cinematic landmarks. Carnage isn't any real news, cinematically speaking, but it's a wonderful exercise in acting and interaction, and if you're a fan of minimalistic cinema like I am you're bound to find interest in it. I never found it boring for a second - uncomfortable, yes, grating even, but never dull, I was completely drawn in by the wonderful performances of the leads - Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz and John C. Reilly - who manage to covey four complex, fascinating, repulsive and very realistic characters, and by the ever-shifting relationships and alliances between them. While it's clearly a filmed play - and Polanski let the original text shine - he makes excellent use of the possibilities the film format allows, from the bombastic and melodramatic to the quiet and subtle, neither of which is possible on stage, at least not in the same way.

Carnage isn't necessarily a masterpiece but it's a wonderful intellectual exercise and one of my favorite films of 2011. For fans of Roman Polanski or for anyone who loved minimalistic films with compact casts, from Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf to Tape and Cube, it's highly recommended.


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