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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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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.
The sort of film whose makers would be pleased to hear it called 'unclassifiable.' A more accurate description is 'unfathomable.'
Confidently directed and tightly constructed, Carnage announces the presence of a fresh, powerful directorial mind with each frame.
With Carnage, a pungent tale of love and sacrifice, French filmmaker Delphine Gleize has fashioned a modest epic about our ridiculous human comedy.
Delphine Gleize achieves a mastery of the visual, the metaphoric, and the dramatic that few other veteran filmmakers could pull off.
[Director] Gleize has nevertheless written an imaginative and loopy script where the twisting storylines, each with its own distinct tone, eventually connect.
there are far better movies that don't try your patience like Carnage does
Patience will reward those who don't mind non-linear storytelling, but some of the stories aren't worth the wait.
Feels indulgent, far too long and, yes, very French ... but while it lasts you can't take your eyes off the screen!
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.
For those who are patient, there are quite a few things to admire, including the performances and the film's ambitious, audacious storytelling conceits.
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.
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.
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.
Similar to the recent Dog Days and Divine Intervention, Carnage fares much better than both.
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