He may be a pedophile, but he makes damn good movies. Of course this time Roman Polanski is directing Yasmina Reza’s play “Le Dieu du carnage”, and during this relatively short flick you can sense that theatric vibe. Although people bitched about the actors, I found them compelling and perfect for their roles. They were all brilliant and if I singled out anyone, it would be a mistake, so the only thing you can do is to admire the skill and the ease with which they act. Granted not all people will like this type of movie, there is a lot of talking and arguing, but it all feels so real and visceral, especially if you have been in similar situations you will enjoy it even more trying to figure out what would be your position. My only complaint is that movie really does not have an end, it leaves things pretty much hectic and aching for closure, and this is not some situation where this is done intentionally, but a flaw in the script. They at least should have wrapped it up with a door closing or something…
After their sons got in a fight in school, two sets of parents meet to resolve the situation in calm and pleasant way. One pair of parents is a middle class couple, pretty much average in everything while the other couple are upper class people, a lawyer and investment consultant. And you probably guessed it, the rich kid smacked the middle kid with some stick, knocking out two of his teeth. While the parents are so polite and nice to each other, you can sense the tension building up, and soon not only the kids will be the topic but everything and anything, and a brief meeting at the middle house will turn into real mess.
Director: Roman Polanski
Cast: Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz, John C. Reilly
Fun Facts: Roman Polanski: The neighbor who opens the door to take a look at what is happening outside the house.