Monday, 17 September 2012
Carnage - A Cautionary Tale for those who keep their Art Books on the Coffee Table
Apart from films starring Woody Allen, it's not very often I watch a DVD that I enjoy enough for me to want to watch it through again the following day. I watched it last night and again this morning about 7am curled up on the sofa under a cosy throw with a huge mug of tea, and savoured every brilliantly written word. The film is called Carnage, directed by Roman Polanski and starring Kate Winslett and Jodie Foster. With only 4 actors, and at only 75 minutes, its not a very long film as it's based on the stage play Le Dieu du Carnage (God of Carnage) by Yasmina Reza with all the action taking place in one New York apartment. Two sets of parents meet up to discuss in a supposedly civilized manner, a violent incident between their two 11 year old sons, but as the evening progresses their behaviour degenerates into chaos with deep-seated marital discontentment bubbling to the surface .
Now I'm not going to do a Barry Norman and give a wordy review on this film but suffice it to say I found it funny and farcical with props such as an Apple & Pear Cobbler, a vase of Yellow tulips, a hair-drier and a mobile phone taking centre stage. But the scene that steals the show and the main reason why I am posting this on my blog, is when (SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT! - for those who don't want to know, please look away now) Kate Winslet projectile vomits over the neatly stacked books on the coffee table of art lover Penelope Longstreet (Jodie Foster) making a direct hit on a valuable, now out of print exhibition catalogue from 1957 on the work of Oskar Kokoschka. Penelope cries out 'My Kokoschka..... I can't believe she barfed all over my books!'
So this really is meant as a warning to all those people who like to parade their coffee table books perhaps for their guests to peruse over a more relaxed dessert course in the lounge with coffee, liqueurs and chocolates because you never know, after a tad too much Apple & Rhubarb Crumble or one too many 'Wafer Thin Mints' they could well end up barfing all over your History of the World in 100 Objects or Grayson Perry's Tomb of the Unknown Craftsmen (my copy is safely hoarded away upstairs thank you very much).