Carnage 2011

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When an argument between two young schoolboys results in one of the boys losing his teeth, the parents of both children decide to meet to discuss the matter. But what begins as a civilised chat soon spirals into a hilarious, alcohol induced afternoon of violence, vomiting and verbal warfare as each couple sinks to the level of bickering children.

Starring:
Jodie Foster,Kate Winslet
Runtime:
1 hour, 19 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Comedy
Director Roman Polanski
Starring Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet
Supporting actors Christoph Waltz, John C. Reilly
Studio Studiocanal
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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3.5 out of 5 stars

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Moose Papoose VINE VOICE on 25 April 2012
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This is a spiky satire on contemporary bourgeois correctness. Two couples meet in a New York apartment to agree a course of action following an incident involving their 11 year old sons.

The dialogue is agonisingly tense, the atmosphere claustrophobic and confrontational. Each of the our characters clash with the other protagonists. Rifts between couples emerge, and the men and women form allegences against the opposite sex. No-one supports anyone, and the 'meeting' descends into an alcohol-fuelled brawl - far worse than any playground children's dispute. The characters are each hideous in their own way. At first, they are composed and conceal their innermost thoughts and opinions, but as the film progresses every nasty, destructive judgmental comment spews forth,

The script is smart and the acting superb. I particularly liked the symbolism used throughout. Items, including a mobile phone, tulips, art books, trousers and a handbag are destroyed. The verbal punch-ups are interrupted throughout by mobile and phone conversations - everyone stops fighting and remains seething, waiting for the call to finish.

It was an uncomfortable hour, but an intriguing one and fascinating to the middle classes - like watching ourselves distort in a hall of mirrors into the grotesque characters that lurk behind the veneer in most of us. Scary.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Peter TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 May 2012
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Despite being set in Brooklyn, Carnage is a very European film. A screenplay very closely based on a French play, directed by a Polish director (Polanski), filmed in France, the only significant American input is two of the four actors (Jodie Foster and John C Reilly). The other two actors are British (Kate Winslett) and Austrian (Christoph Waltz).

And the file feels European. The action is entirely constrained to a single apartment, and is played out in real time as the brittle civility between the four characters breaks down. It's a comedy, but don't expect belly-laughs: it's a comedy of manners, and the humour is in the contrast between what the characters say and how they act towards each other.

Preparation for the filming was apparently comprehensive: the cast learned their lines as though they were presenting the play on stage, and they rehearsed the entire piece every day throughout the weeks of filming. Polanski's presentation is unmistakably Polanski; the resulting film is a superb miniature, acutely observed (Jodie Foster is particularly impressive), short (74 minutes) with a small cast, one set and hardly any props. It's a string quartet of a film rather than a symphony.

The DVD is likewise sparse. The extra is interviews with the four actors, all asked broadly the same set of questions - interesting if you want to know about Polanski's methods.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By ziggy_fan TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 Jan. 2013
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This is one of those rare films that leaves you open mouthed and scared and you might want to grab a cushion and watch peaking from behind it, not because it is horror gore, but because it's social awkwardness galore! The dialogue is utterly incisive, and the acting goes without saying: entirely well judged. What is brilliant about the scenario is that from one moment to another you find yourself liking and disliking all of them at some point, but most of all you think "why did you ever decide to get together in this situation". You laugh at them but also empathise. It does poke fun at the entire spectrum of the civilised veneer of particularly the modern middle class, those who struggle with all the same problems of life regardless of how much money or successful you are, but when it all boils down it's basically carnage!

If you are in any way shy of socially difficult situations, this movie is uncomfortable viewing, but stick with it, it is strangely also affirming.

4 starts rather than 5 because there were one or two bits where I was left wanting to see even less restraint, and that's coming from me: a person who hates socially awkward situations!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Corey Newcombe on 13 Mar. 2014
Format: Blu-ray
eleven year old Zachary strikes his eleven year old classmate Ethan across the face with a stick after an argument.

Their respective parents learn of the altercation through Ethan's parents questioning him about his injuries. The Longstreet parents invite the Cowan parents to their Brooklyn apartment to deal with the incident in a civilised manner.

Penelope, whose idea it was to invite the Cowans, Michael, who tries to be as accommodating as possible to retain civility in any situation.

Nancy, a nervous and emotionally stressed woman, and Alan, who is married more to his work as evidenced by the attachment he has to his cell phone and taking work calls at the most inopportune times.

Although the meeting starts off civilised enough, it quickly crashes after an unfortunate incident by Nancy.

The degeneration of their meeting not only has to do with their boys' fight, but also the other couple's fitness as parents, the state of their respective marriages and their place in a crazy world....

Even though the film is short, it's very exhilarating, and packs in a performance from Foster that hasn't been this good since SOTL.

The tone is set from the moment we reach the apartment, you can feel the intensity between the couples and the hared oozing between each pore. Reilly tries to to bring everything to simmer, but his actions cause more intensity.

As the film goes on, the voices becoming louder and louder and the cast become more animated. Then the alcohol comes out.

It's very entertaining, with great performances from all concerned.

And the last shot is very ironic, considering the bartering that has been going on.
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