Polanski excels at chamber pieces. His debut feature, Knife in the Water (1962) as well as Repulsion (1965), Rosemary’s Baby (1968) and The Tenant (1976) all build their uneasy atmospheres in claustrophobic environments, whether those be a sailing boat or an apartment.
With Carnage (2011), Polanski mixes his well-known unrelenting tension with clever dark humour, balancing the two expertly. The dialogue is outstanding. The screenplay, written by Polanski and French playwright Yasmina Reza, is based on her successful play, God of Carnage.
Do yourself a favour and see this highly entertaining movie.
As always, we recommend you don’t ruin any surprises by reading spoilers or watching this trailer:
Direction: Roman Polanski
Screenplay: Roman Polanski, Yasmina Reza
Cinematography: Paweł Edelman
Editing: Hervé de Luze
Score: Alexandre Desplat
Stars: Jodie Foster, John C. Reilly, Christoph Waltz, Kate Winslet