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Saturday 31 December 2011

VIEWED: Carnage

My recommendation for this one was...

"I hope to see this film over the holidays, just to kill my festive spirit."

The only thing this film killed was my desire to see another new Polanski film.

Just to recap...

Carnage is the story of two couples, parents of school-aged children, who meet after one of the children hits the other in the face with a stick. It appears that the entire story takes place in one couple's home, making this much like a stage play - like Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolfe.

As the afternoon meeting progresses, the thin veil of civility slowly drops. Add alcohol into the mix and personal issues within each relationship begin to arise. More alcohol, less civility... Is Polanski showing us how ugly his personal life is/was by showing us how ugly we are beneath our social conventions?

The short answer is: Yes.  But Roman, what you did is still wrong by any moral standard.

While the acting was good, the 1:15 minute film (that seemed much longer) confirmed in my mind that Polanski made this film as a f**k you to social convention rather than to entertain anyone but himself. 


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