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Carnage [DVD] [Canadian; French]
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Director Roman Polanski teams with playwright Yasmina Reza to adapt Reza's Tony Award-winning play about four New York parents who gather for a civilized discussion that becomes anything but after their children get into a scuffle at a local park. Alan (Christoph Waltz) and Nancy (Kate Winslet) are the parents of Zachary, a young schoolboy whose recent fight with classmate Ethan resulted in two of Ethan's teeth being broken. Convinced that they can find an amiable solution to the problem rather than dragging lawyers into the picture, Ethan's parents Penelope (Jodie Foster) and Michael (John C. Reilly) invite Alan and Nancy to their home to discuss the matter in a comfortable setting. At first the conversation is cordial, with both sets of parents stating their own perspectives over coffee and dessert. But once the booze starts to flow and the guards come down, things begin to turn combative. As the evening wears on, both sets of parents are slinging venomous insults and engaging in underhanded behavior that makes their kids' tooth-chipping tussle look like child's play.
Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz, John, C. Reilly
"Snappy, nasty, deftly acted....[CARNAGE] fully delivers the laughs and savagery of the stage piece..."
4 stars out of 5 -- "CARNAGE has many familiar Polanski elements running through it, exhibited with a career's worth of pared-down precision."
"It's an entertaining, cathartic fantasy of bad manners....A grimacing Foster goes for it, and Reilly's easygoing routine holds the attention..."
"Not only is Polanski very much in his comfort zone with this material, he also has cast it impressively..."
Los Angeles Times
"[A] swift and spry adaptation of Yasmina Rezas play....Ms. Foster is frighteningly intense..."
New York Times
"[T]he picture is a brisk, disciplined exercise: For the most part the performances are precise and cutting, and the writing has a sharpness that we dont often see in contemporary movies..."
"CARNAGE bristles with tension in its superior first two acts, as conversation about the childrens misbehavior morphs unmistakably into a fevered debate about seemingly everything else."
3 stars out of 4 -- "Polanski brings a great deal of skill to its staging, and it looks as if the actors enjoy themselves."
"Here the power and the glee are in the uniformly excellent playing. Jodie Foster's Penelope is a revelation....John C. Reilly adds a note of misanthropic menace..."
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