Carnage | Chicago Reader


After a school bully assaults a classmate, the victim's parents (Jodie Foster, John C. Reilly) invite the aggressor's parents (Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz) over for a civilized chat that doesn't stay civilized for long. As the four adults talk and drink, resentments leak out, allegiances shift back and forth, and the fissures in each marriage soon emerge. Yasmina Reza adapted this chamber drama from her play God of Carnage, and it feels more stagy as it goes along: the ongoing reversals are a little too diagrammatic, and there's a good deal of contrivance required to keep this awkward gathering from breaking up too soon. (“Why are we still in this apartment?” Winslet finally blurts out.) The dialogue is superior, though, and director Roman Polanski has cast the characters well; Foster is particularly impressive in a stridently unattractive role, as the pinched, angry liberal who’s orchestrated the meeting but doesn't get quite the apology she wants.



  • Roman Polanski


  • Jodie Foster
  • Kate Winslet
  • Christoph Waltz
  • John C. Reilly


  • Saïd Ben Saïd

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