Carnage (2011 film)
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|Directed by||Roman Polanski|
|Produced by||Saïd Ben Saïd|
|Based on||God of Carnage
by Yasmina Reza
|Music by||Alexandre Desplat|
|Editing by||Hervé de Luze|
|Running time||80 minutes|
Carnage is a 2011 comedy co-written and directed by Roman Polanski, based on the play God of Carnage by French playwright Yasmina Reza. The film is an international co-production of France, Germany, Spain, and Poland.
When two grade-school boys get into a fight in the park that results in one boy hitting the other in the mouth with a stick, their parents meet in a Brooklyn apartment to discuss the matter. The parents of the boy wielding the stick, Alan and Nancy Cowan (Waltz and Winslet), visit the home of Michael and Penelope Longstreet (Reilly and Foster), the parents of the boy who was struck. Their meeting is initially intended to be short, but due to various circumstances, the conversation continues to draw out.
At first, the couples seem to get along, but their respective comments start to hurt feelings, making everyone argue with one another. Apart from fighting among themselves, the couples blame each other on who is responsible for the fight between their sons. Nancy calls the Longstreets "superficially fair-minded" and Penny and Michael constantly complain about Alan's arrogant and dull attitude. Everyone also gets irritated with Alan's many phone calls.
Nancy accuses Michael of being a murderer because he supposedly killed a pet hamster of his and Penny's. Penny becomes emotional about the hamster and with everyone arguing with each other. Michael offers everyone a glass of scotch. Penny claims she doesn't "get drunk" and Nancy drinks way too many and finally stops Alan's phone calls by putting his cellphone in Penny and Michael's flower vase full of water. Penny and Nancy both laugh uproariously while Michael and Alan try to blow-dry the cell phone. Nancy's true colors are revealed when she drunkenly and vulgarly states that she was glad that her and Alan's son beat up Penny and Michael's son. The couples repeatedly state that their conversation is getting nowhere.
In the end, the film cuts to the Longstreets' and Cowans' sons reconciling on their own.
- Jodie Foster as Penelope Longstreet
- John C. Reilly as Michael Longstreet
- Kate Winslet as Nancy Cowan
- Christoph Waltz as Alan Cowan
Critical response 
Carnage received generally positive reviews from critics. It holds a 72% "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes, which notes, "It isn't as compelling on the screen as it was on the stage, but Carnage makes up for its flaws with Polanski's smooth direction and assured performances from Winslet and Foster." On Metacritic, which uses an average of the critics' reviews, the film holds a 61/100, indicating "Generally favorable reviews".
Box office 
Shot on a budget of $ 25 million, Carnage has collected $ 2.5 million at the U.S. box office after twenty weeks in theaters, not getting a commercial success.
Awards and honors 
Cinema Writers of Spain
Best Adapted Screenplay - Roman Polanski, Yasmina Reza (nominee)
Boston Society of Film Critics
Best Ensemble Cast - Kate Winslet, Jodie Foster, Christoph Waltz and John C. Reilly
San Diego Film Critics Society Awards
Best Ensemble Performance - Kate Winslet, Jodie Foster, Christoph Waltz and John C. Reilly (nominee)
68th Venice International Film Festival
Nominated - Golden Lion
Won - Little Golden Lion
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