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- Director: Roman Polanski
- Release Date: Dec 2011
- Run Time: 80
- Genre: Drama, Comedy
This is definitely not a movie for everyone. The movie consists primarily of only four characters and one scene-a living room. The movie is based on Yasmina Reza’s play of the same name. If I was to summarize this movie in one sentence, it would be “Four adults arguing for one and a half hours”. Don’t expect to be knocked off your seat with this one.
The movie kicks off when two adolescent boys are playing in the park and one of them hits the other. This then triggers the parents of both children to meet and find a way of resolving the situation. The parents are played by a team of seasoned actors; Kate Winslet & Christopher Waltz (The Cowans) and Jodie Foster & John C. Reilly (The Longstreets). Only a team of experienced and flawless actors would have pulled off a movie of this nature. Good thinking Roman Polanski.
The parents meet at the Longstreet’s beautiful apartment in New York and what begins as an exchange of pleasantries and civil discussion explodes into a downright argument. The four discuss/argue about various topics- different parenting methods, overuse of mobile phones, dangers of pharmaceutical drugs and so forth. The result? Complete chaos. Granted, the movie is laced with witty humor throughout which makes the movie tolerable. However, it lacks the thrill of a movie experience. The plot is too simple to challenge the brain and lacks the effects necessary to suck the viewer into the story. In my opinion, this movie should not have made it to production and should have been left undisturbed as a play.
I still cannot get over the fact that the entire film was shot in one apartment, creating a very claustrophobic feel about the movie.