NYFF 2011: Trailer And Two Reviews For Roman Polanski’s ‘Carnage’

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Our New York staff has been busy doing an incredible job covering the New York Film Festival. One of the films all our contributors seem to agree on is Roman Polanski’s Carnage, which stars Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz and John C. Reilly.

Christopher’s review read, “What makes this film near perfect is Polanski’s exquisite ability to emulsify any sights of fatty subplots that would normally project a storyline forward. Instead what we get is a powerhouse film driven solely by the main conflict. It’s simple, precise, and neatly packaged for the audience to enjoy.”

Kenneth also had nothing but high praise, writing in his review, “Carnage seeks to peel away a veneer of hypocritical sophistication and scrutinize the barbaric tendencies that hide underneath. Thematically, it falls right into the Polanski oeuvre. As one would expect from a theatrical adaptation, the dialogue carries most of the film’s weight, and thankfully the writing proves highly cerebral and consistently witty. It provokes profound contemplations as often as it does easy laughter. Topics of conversation make grand leaps from simple and relevant subjects like proper childrearing to subjects like social consciousness and genocide. The more imposing the subject matter, the pettier the conversationalists appear. Though the characters may leave the last scene significantly less satisfied than they entered the movie, audiences will assuredly have the exact opposite reaction. Carnage combines savvy scriptwriting, masterful direction, and awe-inspiring performances to give moviegoers ninety briskly paced minutes of satire at its most enjoyable.”

The first trailer for the film has been released, and it gives us a fair idea of the level of acting on display. Watch the trailer below. Enjoy!



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 child rearing soon escalates into verbal warfare, with all four parents revealing their true colors. None of them will escape the carnage.


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