Empire has the first look at Roman Polanski’s Carnage, which stars Kate Winslet, Jodie Foster, John C. Reilly and Christoph Waltz, and should be in theaters for Oscar season. The film is based on the play God of Carnage by Yasmina Reza, and it appears that Reza adapted it to screen with the help of Polanski.
The play concerns two married couples (Foster and Reilly, Winslet and Waltz) who have a dinner together to discuss the fight their children got into, but which turns into a night-long discussion and argument. Foster compared it to Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and that’s what the plot most reminds of off-hand.
Polanski has assembled a dream team of actors here, with only Reilly not having his own Oscar (since Foster has two, perhaps he could borrow one of her’s), though he has been nominated. This also reminds of his film Death and the Maiden, which was also based on a play, and also mainly set in one location. That isn’t one of his best works, but he managed to make it dynamic.
Carnage is Polanski’s follow-up to The Ghost Writer, which made a number of year-end lists, but was overshadowed by the director’s then-current legal entanglements. Polanski’s films will always be greeted with the director’s history a discussion point. And please go to Empire for additional behind the scenes pictures.
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