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Rated R · 79 min. · 2011

Comedy, Drama


Carnage is an adaptation of a successful play, but the movie is pure Roman Polanski, with a touch of Luis Buñuel. For his whole career, Polanski has been interested in domestic interiors and how they take hold of his characters. In Carnage, this concern with captivity makes the material absurd and funny while working as a critique of social niceties and upper-class political posturing. Polanski's version (from a screenplay by Yasmina Reza, adapting her own play God of Carnage) finds its roots not as much in his own history of movies about interiors as in Buñuel's Exterminating Angel, in which guests at a dinner party can't bring themselves to leave their host's home, held there by unseen forces.


See our full review: Characters can't leave the room in Polanski's latest, <i>Carnage</i>

Characters can't leave the room in Polanski's latest, Carnage

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Official Site: www.sonyclassics.com/carnage
Director: Roman Polanski
Writer: Roman Polanski and Yasmina Reza
Producer: Saïd Ben Saïd
Cast: Kate Winslet, Jodie Foster, Christoph Waltz and John C. Reilly

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