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…