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NYFF: Roman Polanski’s “Carnage”

NYFF: Roman Polanski's "Carnage"

On paper, it’s easy to see why Yasmina Reza’s Tony award–winning play God of Carnage might have appealed to Roman Polanski, who with Reza has adapted the play and directed it into Carnage, a brisk, amusing, and frustrating cinematic chamber drama. A claustrophobic bourgeois horror story about two couples of Brooklyn parents who meet over cobbler and coffee after one of their sons strikes the other with a stick, Reza’s play has superficial similarities to previous Polanski films like Rosemary’s Baby, Cul-de-Sac, and Repulsion, each of which places its protagonists in confined spaces over extended periods of time and observes as the carefully calibrated identities they present to the outside world slowly come apart at the seams. Read Chris Wisniewski’s review of Carnage.

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