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A new comedy of no manners
In Brooklyn Bridge Park, eleven year old Zachary Cowan strikes his eleven year old classmate Ethan Longstreet across the face with a stick after an argument. Among the more serious of Ethan's injuries is a permanently missing tooth and the possibility of a second tooth also being lost. 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 civilized manner. They are: Penelope Longstreet, whose idea it was to invite the Cowans, she whose priorities in life include human rights and justice; Michael Longstreet, who tries to be as accommodating as possible to retain civility in any situation; Nancy Cowan, a nervous and emotionally stressed woman; and Alan Cowan, 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.
Language. It can be used to create and to destroy. For me that's what this film was all about.
We see four people who slowly strip away social conventions and eventually show their true selves, all because of the incessant need to talk, justify oneself and outwit others.
You cannot get around the fact that this is a play. One location, four actors and an insane amount of dialogue. For a film like this to work the acting has to be perfect. And it is. All four of them are absolutely fantastic, they portray the slow descent into social and moral ambiguity in such a way that, although the characters are somewhat stereotypical, you always get the feeling you're watching…
This is truly one of the most violent movies that I have come across. Violence in the sense which considers human emotions. The true colour, savageness,guilt,anger,ego,superficial empathy, crookedness, disgust that human beings have as their innate nature are shown in full glory here. All the leads are excellent. Foster does too much sometimes. But waltz and Reilly truly steal the show. I am searching for a single word which best describes the movie. But I dont seem to get it. Oh wait I got it. Its CARNAGE.
It astounds me - even more so on rewatch - that a film that, aside from the opening and closing shots, basically only takes place in the living room of an apartment (occasionally moving out to the hallway and brief moments throughout other parts of the home) with four people bickering at one another for 80 minutes, can be so intriguing and consistently entertaining. It's quite impressive. Roman Polanski's spot-on direction, the interesting dialogue and, of course, the excellent performances from the four actors themselves is what truly keeps this from ever becoming a monotonous mess of a film.
Plus, ever since first seeing Christoph Waltz in Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds back in '09, I always look forward to and love seeing him in things. This is no exception.
Why can't they leave? From El Ángel Exterminador (1962), the answer has been implied. "It's absurd, but it's in their nature. They just can't!"
Based on Yasmina Raza's play titled Le Dieu du Carnage (God of Carnage), Polanski adapts wonderfully and with a truly underrated array of great, though theatrical performances (especially Foster, who gets a lot of unfair criticism) a roller-coaster intellectual exercise of how your typical middle-class veil of politeness and mutual caring is broken down when either your ethical, social or moral standards are challenged by external factors that you cannot avoid because you were unwillingly involved in them since the very beginning. In this case, such factor is the son of a family hitting the son…
An odd little film about what happens when people ditch their manners and say exactly what they think! I have to admit it was comical at times but nothing to write home about!
This film, which is one of Roman Polanski's latest, is a highly-entertaining chamber piece. In it, 2 sets of parents, played by John C. Reilly/Jodi Foster and Christoph Waltz/Kate Winslet, meet in order to cordially discuss a minor physical altercation that occurred between their two young sons.
The dynamic between each person is constantly changing, as allies quickly become enemies then back again, depending on the current topic of conversation. I always find both Christoph Waltz and John Reilly a joy to watch, and they don't disappoint. Foster an Winslet were great here, too.
Clocking in at under 90 minutes, the time flew by quickly, and I was thoroughly entertained, often laughing aloud. The film kept getting better as it progressed.
A simple, one-act play turned into an entertaining dark comedy...
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I remember little to nothing of this movie, but I remember the exact circumstance I saw it under: I was working at the movie theater that was showing the film (a Landmark), and I was going to see this movie as soon as my shift got over (which, coincidentally, was like at the exact same moment this movie was starting). I was working the concession stand, anxious for my shift to end, when JASON BRANCH walks up and orders popcorn from me. For those of you who were not a young, pornography obsessed faggot in the late-90s/early-00's, Jason Branch was (as he's "retired") a gay porn star active from 1997 to 2005. A porn star whom I was (and realistically…
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Mükemmel bir film.
Kavga eden çocukları için bir araya gelen iki çift, medeni aileler gibi davranmaya çalışırken, sonunda birbirlerine girerler.
Filmin sonunda, jenerik girmeden hemen önce, bütün film boyunca kavga nedeni olan iki çocuğun birbiriyle barışık bir vaziyette sokakta oyun oynadığını görürüz. Ayrıca yine bütün film boyunca gerginlik nedeni olan "sokağa bırakılan hamster"ın sokakta çok mutlu olduğunu görürüz.
Ailelerin bir araya gelip de yaptıkları tüm kavganın anlamsız olduğunu kanıtlayan bu iki görüntünün ardından jenerik girer.
If you're thinking about getting married, watch this film and then rip off your dick and throw it to the snapping turtles.
It starts well, but, after a while, gets really boring..
Sehr gut gespielt, Waltz ist genial. Leider viel zu kurz und ohne richtiges Finale. Das muss man sich selbst denken.
This film is so deliciously uncomfortable, I loved it. John C Reilly is so good, it's insane. The way he plays the "fool who is trying to keep up with the highfalutin counterparts" is so perfect. Then the downward spiral of each of the 4 actors expressing who they truly are was so good. I think the film ran a little long, or could have been paced better. You can tell it is definitely based on a play, but the staging is still good as they move about the one setting (the apartment). Definitely worth a watch.
A smartly written and amusing satire of the middle class with fine performances from all that seems to be building to an explosive climax then unfortunately sputters out just as things are getting really interesting. The film betrays its theatrical origins and probably worked better on the stage but is pleasant company for its running time.
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