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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 evening into chaos.


Studio Sony
SKU 227839985
UPC 043396395916
UPC 14 00043396395916
Format DVD
Release Date 5/21/2013
Rating Rating
Editors Note
Note 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.
Hollywood Reporter "Snappy, nasty, deftly acted....[CARNAGE] fully delivers the laughs and savagery of the stage piece..." 09/01/2011
Box Office 4 stars out of 5 -- "CARNAGE has many familiar Polanski elements running through it, exhibited with a career's worth of pared-down precision." 10/04/2011
Film Comment "It's an entertaining, cathartic fantasy of bad manners....A grimacing Foster goes for it, and Reilly's easygoing routine holds the attention..." 11/01/2011
Los Angeles Times "Not only is Polanski very much in his comfort zone with this material, he also has cast it impressively..." 12/16/2011
New York Times "[A] swift and spry adaptation of Yasmina Reza?s play....Ms. Foster is frighteningly intense..." 12/15/2011
Movieline "[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 don?t often see in contemporary movies..." 12/15/2011
A.V. Club "CARNAGE bristles with tension in its superior first two acts, as conversation about the children?s misbehavior morphs unmistakably into a fevered debate about seemingly everything else." 12/15/2011
Chicago Sun-Times 3 stars out of 4 -- "Polanski brings a great deal of skill to its staging, and it looks as if the actors enjoy themselves." 01/01/2012
Sight and Sound "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..." 02/01/2012
Total Film 3 stars out of 5 -- "The cast are excellent...and the film whizzes past in peaks of exasperated laughter....CARNAGE is an acting masterclass from four of the best in the business..." 04/01/2012
Uncut 4 stars out of 5 -- "It is well performed by the leads....[CARNAGE] has a barbed and vicious undertow." 03/01/2012
John C. Reilly
Jodie Foster
Kate Winslet
Christoph Waltz
Cast & Crew
John C. Reilly - Star
Jodie Foster - Star
Kate Winslet - Star
Christoph Waltz - Star
Joseph Rezwin - Voice
Nathan Rippy - Voice
Elvis Polanski - Co-Star
Eliot Berger - Co-Star
Roman Polanski - Screenwriter
Alexandre Desplat - Composer
Pawel Edelman - Director of Photography
Yasmina Reza - Screenwriter
Yasmina Reza - Source Writer
Ralph Remstedt - Assistant Director
Julie Adams - Voice
Tanya Lopert - Voice
Roman Polanski - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2011
UPC 00043396395916
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 80 minutes
Color (unknown/unconverted)
Aspect Ratio
ReviewSource Empire
Review A quartet of pitch-perfect performances from a cast uniformly at its career best, together with a director on shockingly mischievous top form, this is a shot of pure, exhilarating cinematic malice. And if nothing else, it contains the most surprising puking sequence since Monsieur Creosote.
Reviewer Adam Smith
ReviewRating 8
DVD, Dolby, Digital Audio, English, French, Widescreen
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
Todd McCarthy, The Hollywood Reporter Snappy, nasty, deftly acted
Vadim Rizov, Boxoffice Magazine verbal warfare cleanly filmed.

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