Yes, it's about meat and bones, but Carnage isn't a slasher movie. In fact, this first feature from French director Delphine Gleize is mostly about the mystery of human connection. After a bull is killed in a bullfight, the animal's parts are shipped off into the hands of a large ensemble cast. An Italian actress sells the bull's bones in a supermarket; its horns end up hurting a taxidermist; a family gives some of the bones to their Great Dane; its eyeballs wind up in the home of a research scientist and, well, you get the multiple-exposure picture.
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. And with this bloody funny storyline, it's a feast.
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