The 2009 Broadway production of Yasmina Reza’s play, God of Carnage, starring James Gandolfini, Hope Davis, Marcia Gay Harden, and Jeff Daniels, was a massive hit, raking in millions in box-office receipts and taking home the Tony award for best play. The film adaptation, written and directed by the great Roman Polanski, stars Kate Winslet and Christoph Waltz, as well as Jodie Foster and John C. Reilly, as two sets of parents who are forced to meet with each other after their children get into a fight at school. After drinks are imbibed, the two sets of parents are soon forced to confront their own lingering issues. Polanski, as we all know from Rosemary’s Baby and Repulsion, has a gift for capturing claustrophobia—he is known to hold his film cameras about an inch from his actor’s face to enhance this effect—so this dark comedy sounds like the perfect recipe for the Oscar-winning filmmaker.
Watch the trailer here.