A fight between two boys in a park prompts their respective parents to convene in an apartment to discuss the situation. However, what starts as a polite meeting among adults descends into finger-pointing, tantrums and insults. Adapted from the award-winning play God of Carnage by Yasmina Reza.
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Short and sour, Roman Polanski’s return to filmmaking masterfully milks all it can from a scenario that has in its backbone the potential for farce, avoided thanks to at least two great performances and a consistently biting wit.
Polanski’s customarily remarkable visual aesthetic gives the couples’ war of semantics the feel of something brutalizingly physical, ensuring that Carnage’s images, like its words, cut through us like a knife.