NOMINATED: Golden Globe Awards: Best Actress: Jodie Foster and Kate Winslet
A razor sharp, biting comedy centered on parental differences. 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 childrearing soon escalates into verbal warfare, with all four parents revealing their true colors. None of them will escape the carnage.
"Snappy, nasty, deftly acted and perhaps the fastest paced film ever directed by a 78-year-old, this adaptation of Yasmina Reza's award-winning play "God of Carnage" fully delivers the laughs and savagery of the stage piece." - The Hollywood Reporter
"One of the funniest and most intelligent films of the year, CARNAGE is also joyously subversive of political correctness, showing the way it masks reality rather than reflects it. Polanski — still at the height of his powers at 78 — shows with magnificent control the way character can disintegrate in a confined space, and the quartet of fine actors delivers memorable performances.
"Jodie Foster is Penelope, a self- consciously pious writer of impeccable liberalism. She and her hardware salesman husband, Michael (John C. Reilly), arrange a meeting with the rich parents of a boy who has hit their child with a branch in the park - Nancy, a high-flying broker (Kate Winslet), and Alan (Christoph Waltz), an amoral lawyer addicted to his mobile phone.
"Bent on reconciliation, they bring out the worst in each other, so that by the end — fuelled by scotch — there’s an orgy of drunken truth-telling. All the way through, though, you’ll have been laughing at their childishness, casual cruelty and ugly self-righteousness. It’s horribly accurate." - Daily Mail