Magazine article The Christian Century

Carnage

Magazine article The Christian Century

Carnage

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Carnage

Directed by Roman Polanski

Starring Jodie Foster, John C. Reilly, Christoph Waltz and Kate Winslet

Carnage plays out entirely in a New York City apartment, where two couples are trying to deal with a playground incident involving their 11-year-old sons, one of whom struck the other in the mouth with a stick. In the process, the film--directed and coscripted by Roman Polanski, based on Yasmina Reza's play God of Carnage--peels back the skin of each supposedly caring parent, revealing the person beneath the civilized facade.

Most interesting is Penelope (Jodie Foster), whose compassion for the victims in Darfur seems to mask a seething resentment at what life has dealt her, which includes marriage to a boorish salesman, Michael (John C. Reilly), who Penelope says is constantly "mitigating" situations instead of confronting them. They must contend with the wealthier and more successful Alan (Christoph Waltz), an attorney who spends most of the film on his cell phone talking business, and Nancy (Kate Winslet), an edgy investment banker whose vomiting all over Penelope's rare art books signals a shift in the film's dynamic. …

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