The bitterly amusing story of two families who become locked in a showdown after their children are involved in a playground squabble, Carnage shines a spotlight on the risible contradictions and grotesque prejudices of four well-heeled American parents. Shot in real time as the four adults meet to settle the dispute, Carnage pits power couple Nancy (Kate Winslet, The Reader) and cell phone-addicted Alan (Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds) against the liberal writer and campaigner Penelope (Jodie Foster, The Silence of the Lambs) and her wholesaler husband, Michael (John C. Reilly, Chicago).
Unpredictable and shocking, the film hilariously exposes the hypocrisy lurking behind their polite façade. Briskly-paced, Carnage is a real acting tour-de-force—reminiscent of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, but lighter in tone. Directed by Roman Polanski (The Ghost Writer, The Pianist), who co-wrote the screenplay with Yasmina Reza, based on her smash comedy play God of Carnage. Winner of the Leoncino Prize at the 2011 Venice Film Festival.