Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Carnage (3½ Stars)

Cruelty and Splendour, Chaos and Balance

Two 11-year-old boys have a fight in the park. One hits the other with a branch and knocks out two of his teeth. The parents meet to discuss the incident. That's it.

This is a very minimalist film directed by Roman Polanski. Apart from a short introductory scene without dialogue, the whole film takes place in one scene with four people. Only good actors can pull off something like this, and the actors are all first rate: Christoph Waltz, Kate Winslet, Jodie Foster and John Reilly. All four do a tremendous job, but in my eyes Kate Winslet steals the show.

P.S. This is the first film I've seen in which Kate Winslet doesn't bare her breasts. Oh wait, there was "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind". But apart from that I can't think of any.

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