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Carnage (Bilingual) [Blu-ray]

Kate Winslet , Jodie Foster , Roman Polanski    Blu-ray
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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After two boys duke it out on a playground, the parents of the "victim" invite the parents of the "bully" over to work out their issues. A polite discussion of childrearing soon escalates into verbal warfare, with all four parents revealing their true colors. None of them will escape the carnage. Directed by Roman Polanski and starring Kate Winslet, Jodie Foster, John C. Reilly and Christoph Waltz. "As a director, Roman Polanski has always had a genius for finding the divide between civility and blunt self-interest, and then merrily Evel Knieveling over it. Carnage works as a fantastically nasty showcase for some immensely talented performers to get down with their bad selves. Kicking off with a deceptively placid shot of kids at play, Reza and Polanski's screenplay follows the thermonuclear differences of opinion that occur when an upper-crust New York pair (Foster, Reilly) invite another couple (Winslet, Waltz) into their apartment in an attempt to resolve a scuffle between their children. For all of Reza's celebrated dark wit and way with a punch line (the running gag involving a hamster just kills), there's a rather flowcharty feel to her scenario here, with the various escalations and shifts in allegiance between the four coming at fairly predictable intervals. Thankfully, Polanski keeps things moving at an expert clip, mainly by taking his cast's most distinguishable characteristics (Reilly's cuddly everyman quality, Winslet's repressed earthiness) and cinching them all a few notches too tight, particularly in the case of Foster, who delivers a merciless lampooning of her own intelligence. (The most outwardly reprehensible of the lot, Waltz's Blackberry-obsessed lawyer, somehow comes off the best, simply by being self-aware.) First-daters may want to stay far, far away, but in Polanski's hands, Carnage delivers a brisk, blackly hilarious 79 minutes in the presence of some wonderfully bad company." --Andrew Wright

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5.0 out of 5 stars Masterful production in total. Jan. 4 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
A professional rendering by professionals in all aspects and capacities. This could just as easily been a 'bomb'; however the treatment is controlled and subtle in its escallating ethos of cultural mores. We're all 'red necks' under the skin; I'm right and you're wrong!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Carnage Jan. 27 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
J'ai très aimé et je le recommande chaudement. C'est une discussion orageuse et sociologique entre parents à la suite d'une bagarre d'enfants dans un parc.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Critical Need for Third Party Mediation July 22 2012
By Ian Gordon Malcomson HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Here is Roman Polanski's version of Igmar Bergman's 1971 "Reflections on a Marriage", with a slight variation as to how marital discourse can quickly surface when two couples get together for a serious four-way conversation. Like in the Bergman film, Polanski's production starts off rather calmly and politely. It uses the discussion/dialogue format in which the two couples appear to get to know each other on a first-name basis, even if they are meeting to discuss a serious act of bullying involving their two sons. Whatever tensions or testy moments appear, they are quickly defused with a show of amiability. However, one obstacle they cannot overcome is the different opinion that all four adults have as to how this playground incident should be eventually resolved. This unfortunate playground incident between their respective sons that has resulted in one of them being seriously hurt could easily break out all over again at a new level if both husbands can't refrain from being so dismissive as to its seriousness. What starts out as a business-like and polite meeting of reasonable adults quickly degenerates into a nasty scene where spouses are fighting between themselves as to why they can't stand up for each other. Nancy and Alan Cowan, a salesman and artist, begin the discussion as the concerned parents and gracious hosts earnestly and calmly seeking a resolution to this problem. In contrast, Penelope and Michael, lawyer and academic by profession, as parents of the offending child, seem initially somewhat indifferent and at times frosty about the whole matter. In the space of an hour, that will all change. Read more ›
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