Thursday, October 03, 2013

Carnage



Rating : 9/10
Release Date : December, 2011
Time : 80 minutes
Director & Writer : Roman Polanski; Co-writer : Yasmina Reza (based on her own play ‘Le Dieu du carnage’); Music : Alexandre Desplat
Starring : Jodie Foster, Christoph Waltz, Kate Winslett, John C Reilly




Bitingly funny, savagely witty and explosively real. Contains projectile vomiting, spoilt suits, a dodgy Apple Cobbler, a maligned medicine, a damaged Art magazine and a violated mobile phone. Despite its title, there is no violence in the film, in fact, its about 2 sets of parents trying to amicably resolve a minor playground incident involving their young kids.




Jodie Foster is uptight, loves being in control, has very rigidly defined ideas of whats right and wrong. Her husband, John Reilly (has a business in hardware / bathroom fittings), is the complete opposite, chilled out, believes there is too much talk and theory going on and is happiest when relaxing with a special whiskey he is fond of and when not around hamsters.




Christoph Waltz is the most fascinating character, probably morally the most suspect, entirely self-obsessed, having a work crisis (he’s a lawyer for a pharma company), would rather be elsewhere but keeps staying back for coffee, some snacks and later whiskey. His wife, Kate Winslett is probably the person with the most nuances – she plays a suffering wife, a concerned mother, an animal activist (worried about the hamster) and later a person who takes charge…



There is a mirror held up in front of us for those who like to observe, introspect and done so with subtlety, finesse and a brilliant sense of humour. For a change, its not about love, romance or sex. Just a scathing, superb commentary on where our society is heading. Just loved it !

PS : The film was shot in a single location, in real time, without breaks and I think that does make a difference…

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Had seen d Indian play in theatre God of Carnage.. today downloaded & saw d movie too... Reminds me of a real lifetime tooth incident which I happened to experience years ago at Jaiselmer with both sets of parents missing. Single handedly managed d show.

Anonymous said...

Then we had gone to Ranthambore & Jim Corbett too. Both d times were lucky & spotted d tiger.. in it's full glory..& many rare variety of animals.. at Corbett we were so close to d herd of wild elephants..it was a close call. Thrilling..never miss an opportunity to b close to nature. Prefer to classroom teaching..children can learn a lot when outdoors.. soon another one...

Anonymous said...

Children- they crept right into yr soul... Magical. Their sunny disposition brings a ray of sunshine in my life. Mixed bag... They are like little elfs hopping around d class. Girls in particular are so spunky.. They've taught me more than I've taught them, about life & patience & courage... I love working with kids, which to me is a big kick. Content with my spartan existence. Keeps my motherly warmth alive.. miss having a daughter of my own..............

Anonymous said...

Have u heard d name of Dushwa National Park? It's close to d Nepal border.. strictly for nature lovers.. grasslands, marshes & rosewood forests, barking deer, species of birds, endangered species... elephant safari, tiger sightings & stay in d middle of a forest.. you have yr senses suffused by fragrant grass.. wake up to watch a stupendous sunrise over an unforgettable horizon.. as a kid had gone a couple of times, then d fascination was to visit Nepal for a day for shopping! We used to get those "foreign" erasers..& other girlie trinklets..how our prespective changes with time..

Anonymous said...

It is one of d few remaining examples of a highly productive Terai ecosystem... You know, what's d best part, when on an educational excursion.. combing the hair of little girls, simply love it, but one thing I still haven't been able to learn is, tie d patka of d sardar boys, that too is a skill, am so clumsy at.. have to learn a lot...

Anonymous said...

Having been written off as totally un-teachable at school. I was told that my brain was like a sieve & that everything that went in fell out d other side.. I would think up ways to escape that world.. & end up with fairytales, dark woods of my imagination... today I can relate to these tiny feet that traipse out with a spring in their step. I urge parents to listen to their children, so they can share in moments where they find absolute joy. It is so imp.that we nurture d 'gold dust' in our little heads while we still have it. Don't give it up to televisions & computers... Am passionate about telling stories.. there is no right or wrong way to tell a story, stories have souls, if u allow yrself to get to d emotional core of yr story, everything else will follow,.. kids sit up & listen.. stories are d ability to dream, which is unmistakabaly d most imp.thing a child can have... d trick is to let d story go, do not dilute d story, & never overthink yr stories.. Stories sh. travel & sh.have d ability to influence so many scattered & diverse children in such profoundly different yet similar ways...

Anonymous said...

D tiger dwells in d realm of mysticism, & there are two types of seekers. Those who are granted a darshan & those who aren't. D former don't catch merely a glimpse; they get a full frontal command performance. They also consider it their pious duty to rub their anointed status into d marshal-denied..

Anonymous said...

Oh, to be half as wonderful as my child thought I was when he was small, & only half as stupid as my teenager now thinks I am !

Anonymous said...

Connecting with my children brings me such joy-I'm much more focused on my emotional growth now. I used to avoid relationships because I thought they were a distraction. But now I'm in one, & I love my fondness for animals, nature, my travels, my life... Maybe those feelings would be different if I hadn't met This Man, though. Because when you achieve what you've always wanted, it's a little easier to move on... I want to be as impactful as I can. As a teacher, you have a responsibility to make someone better, or to make them realize that they can do whatever it is that they want to do..& I don't take that responsibility lightly.....

Anonymous said...

Gratitude is most beautiful when it is expressed & not just when it is felt. It makes me positive, happy & optimistic,helps to see the bright side of life..teaches the art of appreciation.... Isn't it the very basis of the law of attraction? To share your joy & happiness with others, ..... It should be an attitude to life, which we show to others..

Anonymous said...

Fact File : Number of times lions mate in a day - 50 !!

Anonymous said...

Another term gets over...by the end of the session we tend to get so attached to most of them. . We've to maintain a dossier of ever child. All children are special not different. You can't create a perfect world for them.. Parents have situations their children have to adjust to, siblings, divorces, deaths, moves, financial problems. The main thing is to keep our eye on our goals for the children. The school Is only as strong as the people who lead it & you want those people to be young & strong & filled with new ideas... Need some fresh ideas so I don't get stale...

Anonymous said...

Children absolutely need parental involvement, love, care, time & attention. People should work normal hours, go home at a decent time, play with kids, enjoy family & friends, inculcate the habit of reading at a young age, help them to write their thoughts (actual notebook & an actual pen : in the tech world, this is like carrying a stone tablet & chisel) daydream, clear their heads & refresh themselves. Working from home might actually be more productive for some.. .... Children are my role models..happy & thriving... they all want to be heard... a child can cry one moment & run off to play the next.. I wish I were strong enough to ignore what others say/do not say, but experience tells me I often can't.. But the upside of painful knowledge is so much greater than downside of blissful ignorance...

Anonymous said...

You can deal with a child with special needs but at times it's so difficult to tackle troublesome parents.. their ward can't even write his own name, spell the letters, unable to read, can't go beyond single digit numbers & parents expect drastic results within a fortnight from me !! I mean were they sleeping last 3 years. Ahhhhhhh grrrrrrrr. Fifty of them in a class & each parent wants personal attention.. "my child Is v sensitive..(aren't they all !!) doesn't eat or drink anything before coming to school..(my problem!!) watches a lot of cartoon.." (the moment a baby is born you throw expensive gadgets at them, inculcate wrong habits !! all of a sudden it dawned on them that watching excess TV is bad) & I am supposed to guide help & solve all their problems !!