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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.

Release Year: 2011

Rating: 7.5/10 (14,091 voted)

Critic's Score: 61/100

Director: Roman Polanski

Stars: Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz

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...

Writers: Yasmina Reza, Yasmina Reza

Jodie Foster - Penelope Longstreet
Kate Winslet - Nancy Cowan
Christoph Waltz - Alan Cowan
John C. Reilly - Michael Longstreet
Elvis Polanski - Zachary Cowan
Eliot Berger - Ethan Longstreet
Joseph Rezwin - Walter (Telephone Voice) (voice) (as Joe Rezwin)
Nathan Rippy - Dennis (Telephone Voice) (voice)
Tanya Lopert - Michael's Mother - Telephone Voice (voice)
Julie Adams - Secretary (Telephone Voice) (voice)

Taglines: A new comedy of no manners.


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Release Date: 16 September 2011

Filming Locations: Paris, France

Box Office Details

Budget: $25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: €885,429 (Italy) (18 September 2011) (355 Screens)

Gross: €3,206,123 (Italy) (16 October 2011)

Technical Specs

Runtime: USA:  | Italy: (Venice Film Festival)

Did You Know?

Director Cameo: [Roman Polanski] The neighbor who opens the door to take a look at what is happening outside the house.

Continuity: Once the amount of whisky in the bottle reaches to about 2 inches from the bottom, there are a few more glasses filled that should have emptied it, but instead the whisky continues to remain at that same level in the bottle.

Alan Cowan: I saw your friend Jane Fonda on TV the other day. Made me want to run out and buy a poster from the Ku Klux Klan.

User Review

The God of Carnage

Rating: 8/10

"Carnage" is one of the most interesting films I've ever seen in a while with a unique style,so European.Roman Polansky is back with a superlative satyr of our society from the play by Yasmine Reza.He decided to maintain the original structure of the play,though translated into cinema.But the scene heavily relies on the dialog and the terrific performances by the four leading actors,none of them slightly miscast and greatly absorbed into their roles.So be aware that you're going to see pure theater.If you expect a story,a rich script and action,forget about "Carnage" because there is no dynamic.It's all about actors-and what actors I must admit- and unforgettable dialogs about our granted beliefs about family,education,marriage,behaviors and so on.I particularly enjoyed the escalation of the at first polite confrontation between two sets of parents,properly reunited to discuss about an altercation between their two sons in a park.As I said before, the acting is absolutely amazing.We can't help but follow their progressive dissatisfaction and disillusion about life and their lose of the control in a funny and hysterical confrontation.Jodie Foster,Kate Winslet,Christoph Waltz and John C. Reilly are truly magnificent, all of them delivering tremendous performances-My vote is 10/10.

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