Carnage (2002)



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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 (Raphaëlle 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 massively pregnant wife, Betty (Lio), who hides a critical fact about her pregnancy from him. Jacques' brother, Luc (Bernard Sens), an amateur taxidermist, lives with their mother, Rosie (Esther Gorintin), who loves him, but withholds a family secret. Winnie's teacher, Jeanne (Lucia Sanchez), struggles to understand her neurotic mother, Alicia (Ángela Molina), when she visits. When her car is dented by a shopping cart, Carlotta (Chiara Mastroianni), a struggling actress, meets Alexis (Clovis Cornillac), a suicidal philosopher/skater who offers to lead her to the culprits. Carnage, the debut feature from writer/director Delphine Gleize, won the Sutherland Trophy at the 2002 London Film Festival and Best Screenplay at the 2002 Stockholm Film Festival. It was also shown at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival and at Lincoln Center in New York as part of their 2003 Rendez-Vouz with French Cinema.
Art House & International , Drama
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Lucia Sanchez
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Luc Delhumeau
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Critic Reviews for Carnage

All Critics (36) | Top Critics (13)

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

Full Review… | January 16, 2004
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
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.'

Full Review… | January 8, 2004
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.

Full Review… | December 11, 2003
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.

Full Review… | November 13, 2003
Los Angeles Times
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A vitally assured first feature.

Full Review… | November 13, 2003
L.A. Weekly
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Audience Reviews for Carnage


An ensemble movie tying 6 seemingly unrelated stories together. The narrative is complex and sometimes hard to follow, and demands viewer's attention to fully appreciate it. The cast is excellent as well as cinematography, and the movie is mesmerizing at times. However, as a whole, it doesn't work as well as the sum of its parts, partly due to just too much going on and too many contrivances to tie the story together. Also, on more than one occasion the dialog made little sense - perhaps something was lost in translation.

Gabriel Knight
Gabriel Knight

i enjoyed watching this film but had a hard time following the plot. i understood what was happening by the end of the film but wrestled with how the story got there. this movie is worth checking out.

Ian Jones
Ian Jones

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