is an adaptation of a successful play, but the movie is pure Roman Polanski, with a touch of Luis Buñuel. For his whole career, Polanski has been interested in domestic interiors and how they take hold of his characters. In Carnage
, this concern with captivity makes the material absurd and funny while working as a critique of social niceties and upper-class political posturing. Polanski's version (from a screenplay by Yasmina Reza, adapting her own play God of Carnage
) finds its roots not as much in his own history of movies about interiors as in Buñuel's Exterminating Angel
, in which guests at a dinner party can't bring themselves to leave their host's home, held there by unseen forces.