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Carnage (2002)

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Average Rating: 7.3/10
Critic Reviews: 13
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Carnage, an example of what the French call un film chorale, tells several intertwining stories. In the central tale, a young second-generation bullfighter, Victor (Julien Lescarret), is gored, and is rushed to the hospital in critical condition. A little girl, Winnie (RaphaŽlle Molinier), sits next to a massive Great Dane and watches the fateful bullfight on television, and becomes obsessed with the bull. A university researcher, Jacques (Jacques Gamblin of Safe Conduct), cheats on his

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Art House & International, Drama

Delphine Gleize

Mar 1, 2004

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Despite its fleshy title, Gleize's film is a feast for the mind.

January 16, 2004 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
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Carnage has some narrative messiness. But the beautiful thing here - besides Gleize's fabulous eye - is that not a single one of her solutions for the healing that takes place in her characters' lives is predictable.

January 8, 2004 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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The sort of film whose makers would be pleased to hear it called 'unclassifiable.' A more accurate description is 'unfathomable.'

January 8, 2004 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Confidently directed and tightly constructed, Carnage announces the presence of a fresh, powerful directorial mind with each frame.

December 11, 2003 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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With Carnage, a pungent tale of love and sacrifice, French filmmaker Delphine Gleize has fashioned a modest epic about our ridiculous human comedy.

November 13, 2003 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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A vitally assured first feature.

November 13, 2003 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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Delphine Gleize achieves a mastery of the visual, the metaphoric, and the dramatic that few other veteran filmmakers could pull off.

August 8, 2004 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

[Director] Gleize has nevertheless written an imaginative and loopy script where the twisting storylines, each with its own distinct tone, eventually connect.

April 9, 2004 Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com
Film-Forward.com

there are far better movies that don't try your patience like Carnage does

March 10, 2004 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Patience will reward those who don't mind non-linear storytelling, but some of the stories aren't worth the wait.

January 30, 2004
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Feels indulgent, far too long and, yes, very French ... but while it lasts you can't take your eyes off the screen!

January 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

Gleize is a smart director with a fresh eye, and she finds inventive ways to underscore her theme, which is that good things and bad things happen to most of us in roughly equal measure but that, somehow, we keep plugging away.

January 8, 2004 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

For those who are patient, there are quite a few things to admire, including the performances and the film's ambitious, audacious storytelling conceits.

December 19, 2003 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Whimsical irony is matched with arresting visuals throughout Carnage, and those moments carry the day even if you don't buy Gleize's everything-is-connected bull.

December 19, 2003 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune

The film eventually becomes tedious, but there are enough flashes of moral intelligence and cinematic inspiration here to make one eagerly anticipate Gleize's sophomore effort.

November 14, 2003 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News
Los Angeles Daily News

It's very European, and extremely intriguing.

November 14, 2003 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Whereas most movies about serendipity and degrees of human separation usually fail by trying to pick profundity from, well, dry bones, here, director Gleize knows that to dig too deeply only distracts one's attention from the strange comedy of life.

November 13, 2003
E! Online

Similar to the recent Dog Days and Divine Intervention, Carnage fares much better than both.

October 20, 2003
San Francisco Examiner

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